40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” (Mark 1:40-41)
Indignant. Other translations choose “moved with compassion.”
Early in Mark’s gospel we see the action of Jesus and it often attaches emotion. Jesus is moved by the human condition.
It’s not a matter of “staying mad” all the time, but it IS a matter of having our consciences moved. Pricked. Sliced and diced.
The human condition of our death culture. We are ready to snuff out life before it reaches full term. We are willing to cut life off once it’s here. There needs to be a moving in our spirits where we become indignant.
When we see people continually beat down by the enemy, would we allow the Spirit to cause a flame of rage to rise up in our spirit and we would declare in prayer, “NO MORE!”
Jesus felt the condition around him and acted. We need to feel again. To feel the racism. To feel the poverty. To feel the bondages thrown on people by the gods of this age. From the people in the gutter who are obviously “on the margins” to those in bondage in other ways and we won’t see it because they look secure… we need a new awareness of the bondage and activity of the Spirit all around us.
Let us feel once again. And then, as Jesus did, let us act.