Leprosy…That dreaded word. The man in today’s story had leprosy. He was an outcast from his own family. He could not come near people. If there were people anywhere nearby, he was required to call out “unclean.” On this day, the leprous man heard a crowd of people approaching. He listened closely and picked out a word or two…enough to understand that Jesus was coming this way. He thought to himself, “The priests tell me I must avoid people. But I’ve heard that Jesus takes compassion on people. If I can just get close enough to ask Him, perhaps He would be willing to heal me.” As he approached Jesus, he knelt in front of Him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” The words he heard from Jesus was the best news of his life. Jesus said, “I am willing! Be Clean!” With that, the man was healed and his life was forever changed.