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Daily Reflection for Friday, February 13, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by coapbk on February 13, 2009

Readings: 2 KINGS 5:1-14 and MARK 1: 40-45

Reflection by Father Joseph Diele, Church for All People, Brooklyn and Tarrytown, NY

Draw a picture about being the unclean.

What does it look like when someone is considered unclean? Where is this person in the picture?

Try by the picture to draw isolation, aloneness and even hatred. Try to make your character be the unclean.

Remember this is not an art lesson.

This picture is just for you and your prayerful reflection.

Use color if you have. Use stick figures if you feel more comfortable. The idea behind this exercise is to get us to see what it is we are thinking about this situation.

Now draw someone who is considered clean.

Where are they in the picture?

What are they doing? What has changed?

Reflection for Thursday, February 12, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by coapbk on February 12, 2009

Readings: 2 KINGS 5:1-14 and MARK 1: 40-45

Reflection by Father Joseph Diele, Church for All People, Brooklyn and Tarrytown, NY

When a leper would enter a village, it was necessary to cry out UNCLEAN! UNCLEAN! Everyone had to know that an unclean person was entering the area.

Can we imagine what it must have felt like to be considered unclean? It would be good to think about what the life of the unclean must have been like. Where were they accepted?

Where could they go? If you were considered unclean, what did you think that God thought of you? Remember this was a religious law so it had something to do with God. God must consider you unclean if there was a religious law concerning you and your disease.

You were now considered an outcast to your family, your village, your religious community and to God. The leper was isolated and left alone because they were not clean.

Who are today’s lepers?

Who do our churches consider as unclean?

Who do I consider unclean?

Who does my community, my church consider unclean?

Reflection for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by coapbk on February 12, 2009

Readings: 2 KINGS 5:1-14 and MARK 1: 40-45

Reflection by Father Joseph Diele, Church for All People, Brooklyn and Tarrytown, NY

Leprosy was seen as a horrible disease in ancient days in Israel. The people Israel did not experience the disease that we know as leprosy.

Our disease of leprosy, (Hanson’s disease) did not reach Palestine until much later in history.

The rules around leprosy were not medical in nature they were about religious or ritual purity. There was a need to be able to control bodily functions and a concern about what emanated or was put into the openings of the human body. The rules seem to have a great deal to do with boundaries on both the individual level and the public level.

What are our boundaries?

-What happens when people go beyond the prescribed boundaries?

-What are boundaries that have caused us the most pain when they have been crossed?

-What boundaries have our communities helped us to maintain?

Reflection for Monday February 9, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by coapbk on February 9, 2009

Readings: 2 KINGS 5:1-14 and MARK 1: 40-45 Reflection by Father Joseph Diele, Church for All People, Brooklyn and Tarrytown, NY

What did you never hear in the story before?

What fascinates you?

What questions do you have?

Have you ever been desperate, in search of a healing?

Have you ever tried, tried, tried, and come up short, empty without resources?

Have you ever lived in doubt of God’s help or a cure or peace?

Can you relate to Naaman?