Think about the story of Jesus and the leper. Jesus touched the leper, reached out his hand and touched the man before he healed him. This was, technically, against the law (see Leviticus). That’s got to be hard to read if you’re a legalist. But Jesus was willing and able to touch the leper because he knew something no one else seemed to know. Jesus knew that leprosy is not the only thing that’s contagious. Sin and suffering spread, but so do love and joy and laughter.
The leper didn’t infect Jesus; Jesus infected him. What was in Jesus was simply stronger than what was in the leper. Maybe this is what the Apostle John had in mind when he wrote, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). That leper was more contagious after his encounter with Jesus than he was before he was healed.
So, who’s the leper in your world? Who’s the person you keep your distance from? Their sin is too bad, too contagious. You don’t even want to get close to that person lest you should catch what it is they’ve got.
Maybe one reason we aren’t as approachable as Jesus is because we don’t really have anything that contagious. If so, let’s admit it. They’re not the ones with the problem; we are.