In our day we have no context to what it must have been like in Jesus’ time to be a leper. Naturally, they were separated from the broader community, treated mostly as outcasts. It was the worst disease you could possible have, a disease that usually led to agonizing death. Lepers were shooed away from towns and busy places, forced to live in the surrounding desert wastelands and knew the punishment if they approached someone and made them ‘unclean’.
Jesus knew the consequences too. Yet, he did not cease from doing good but rather, “…he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “…be clean.” Jesus saw beyond the law to the need for compassionate loving of the other.
For Jesus, Love is the highest law.
May God bless you!