Ahem … some readings are just too wrong. Like this past Sunday’s.
The one who bears the sore of leprosy … shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp. (Leviticus 13:44, 46)
My parish’s visiting homilist noted that the trial of illness was compounded with the isolation from the community. That struck me this weekend, both Masses.
Of course, I realize that infectious diseases demand a certain treatment for the safety of the majority. We’re also in these days now. People with the coronavirus are isolated. And more, people potentially vulnerable to infection find themselves alone.
What is missing is the spirit of compassion fortified by the personal companionship. People may well need to live in isolation, temporarily, for their good and the greater good of others. What is wrong, what is a betrayal of the Lord’s spirit, is to simply abandon them.