– by Johan Viljoen.

The sick have a special claim to the compassion, care and attention of the church. Jesus himself devoted a significant part of his ministry to healing. In Mt 25 we are told that we will be judged by the way we treat them (“I was sick and you visited me”). There is no doubt that those who are rejected by society also have a special claim to the compassion of the church. Jesus sought them out, and befriended them. In His time, these were the lepers, and those who were considered to fall short of the demands of God because of their ritual impurity. In our time, these are the people with AIDS.

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