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HOMILY: Courage to Touch the Wounds of Christ

Leaven in the World

BY FR. BRIAN ZUMBRUM, OSFS

3rd Sunday of Easter | April 15, 2018

See today’s readings here. This homily focuses on the Gospel reading.

Over Spring Break, I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador with a group of high school students for an immersive experience in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Ecuador.

As part of our experience, we visited this organization known as Damian’s House, a hospital and home for women and men diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, more commonly known as leprosy.

Now, I know we hear about leprosy in Scripture, but the reality of the disease is pretty brutal to witness up close.

The disease attacks the nerves in the extremities of the body . . . fingers, toes, arms and legs.  As the disease progresses, many individuals lose these body parts.

It is the first thing you notice when you first meet the residents of Damian’s…

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