Isolation from others has been a feature of nearly every human life this past year. We have missed so many important gatherings with family and friends, work colleagues and friends at school or elsewhere. No man is an island. We are made for each other and the bonds of communion run very deep within the human family.
In Jesus' time, lepers were the ones who had to "self isolate" and stay away from the community in case they brought their disease to others. There was very little in the way of help for them both medically or materially. They were on their own.
The leper in today's gospel has been called to faith. He kneels down before Jesus and says that he knows Jesus can heal him. Jesus shows his deep desire to bring healing to this sick and wounded human being. "Of course I want to, be cured."
In our sufferings and tribulations, there is no need to "self isolate" from the Lord. He is there for us. All we need to do is come before him. He is waiting for us.