The reading from 2 Kings tells us about Naaman, commander of the
Syrian army and a leper. When Naaman heard about the prophet Elisha
through one of his wife's maids, he sought out the prophet and arrived
at his house with a full entourage.
For unspecified reasons,
Elisha did not meet the Syrian commander personally but told him,
through a messenger, to wash himself in the Jordan. Naaman was
offended. The cure seemed foolish, he felt inconvenienced, and Elisha's
ignorance of protocol was outrageous.