Lev 22:4 None of the offspring of Aaron who has a leprous disease or a discharge may eat of the holy things until he is clean. Whoever touches anything that is contaminated through contact with a dead soul or a man who has had an emission of semen,
Lev 22:5 and whoever touches a swarming thing by which he may be made contaminated or a human from whom he may take contamination, whatever his contamination may be–
Lev 22:6 the soul who touches such a thing will be contaminated until the evening and will not eat of the holy things unless he has bathed his body in water.
Lev 22:7 When the sun goes down he will be clean, and afterward he may eat of the holy things, because they are his food.
Lev 22:8 He will not eat what dies of itself or is torn by beasts, and so make himself contaminated by it: I am Yahveh.’
Lev 22:9 They will therefore keep my charge, or else they will be responsible for making a mistake against it and die thereby when they profane it: I am Yahveh who sanctifies them.
when the sun goes down
The prescription for restoring a priest who has become contaminated is this: wash and wait. Bathe in water, and wait until the sun goes down. Time will do the rest.
Our Lord’s yoke is easy and his burden is light. He only asks that we admit our need, trust him to cleanse us, and wait for his provision.
LORD, give us the wisdom to take your way to restoration.