On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
Food For Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, I try to put myself in the place of the lepers. They have suffered for so long. They have been ostracized from their community. They have been treated poorly and not received the most basic of human needs, the gift of touch. They have been separated from all that they know and love. So they come to Jesus at the lowest point in their lives, and ask for healing. All 10 of them are healed, and only one of them goes back to thank Jesus. When I put myself into the place of the characters, I would like to believe that I would be the one person that turned back around to thank God. But there are many times in my life when I have been ungrateful for the good things that I have been given. Think about something that you need to say thanks to God for. It could be as simple as God’s presence in your life. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is an important part of our spiritual journey. When we are thankful for the small things, we begin to develop a better outlook about the world and remove our human tendency towards self-centeredness.
Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.