On multiple occasions, Jesus gave explicit instructions to those he healed not to publicize the affair. This was true for the leper in our Gospel this weekend. The reason Jesus did not want people to broadcast every miracle was to prevent misunderstanding of the identity and purpose of the Messiah. Jesus was not a political revolutionary sent to overturn the oppressive Roman occupation. He came to save us from our sins and to reopen the gates of heavens that we might live basking in God’s glory for all eternity.
Knowing who Jesus is and understanding his mission, we should have no fear sharing how God has blessed with us his mercy and grace. The leper could not help but share his good news. May we too never forget to give God the thanks and credit that he is due for his faithfulness to us.