Jesus broke social norms. The leper took a step of faith by breaking the taboo and approaching Jesus. We see that Jesus had compassion for the leper. While the passage in Mark says pity in this translation, I think it is better to use the word “compassion.” Compassion, for Jesus, was always followed by action. He had compassion for the leper and then he healed him. Not only did He heal him, He TOUCHED him. That is so important to note. Leprosy was seen as contagious and ritually unclean. To touch a leper would make one unclean. The touch which should have made Jesus unclean actually worked in the opposite direction. Jesus made the leper clean.