Jesus had a full emotional life, which we get glimpses of in the gospels, especially in Mark. During the Lenten season we get a hint at Jesus’ emotional life and what it meant for him to be indignant, angry, compassionate, fearful and loving and what that means for us today.
Almost from the beginning of his public ministry in Mark, Jesus is not an unemotional Savior. In fact, he is a very feeling human being as well as God.
In Mark 1:40-45 when the leper approaches Jesus asking him if he dares to declare him clean, Jesus “snorting with indignation,” answers in the affirmative.
Is Jesus indignant with this man who dares to come to him with this outrageous request? No he is irate with those whom the leper has just come from, those whom Jesus has him return to in order to show his cleansing as a testimony “against” (in the original Greek) their refusal to cleanse him, probably due to a lack of appropriate payment.
Should we be no less indignant at the systems that keep the poverty-stricken from full inclusion into mainstream society? Low wage jobs, lack of health care and affordable housing, are but some of the impediments that the poor face every day in order to live in a self-sustaining way.
Dear God help us to understand how systems of oppression exist to trod down upon your people. Help us to not partake in them and help us to bring them down much like your son preached and taught. Let us never forget our righteous anger against a system that would marginalize people because they do not have enough to pay the toll. Amen.