11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus[a] was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers[b] approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’[c] feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11-19
This reading today from Luke’s Gospel shows a common theme with Jesus – his care and concern for those much less fortunate in His world at the time. In this case, ten men struck with leprosy. While Jesus told all ten to “Go, and show yourselves to the priests” and as they did they were healed, only one stopped , returned to Jesus, and cried our words of thanks and bent at Jesus’ feet. And, that one man was a foreigner ( a Samaritan) ! . The man responded properly to Jesus, and in so doing, he praised and glorified God. Love that comes from gratitude is the basics of faith itself.
Let us pray please : God of Love and Light – we give You alone praise and glory for all we have, for all good things are from You. Please continue to wrap Your arms of understanding and caring around our troubled world. It is a world that needs You more than ever. Help us, Your church, to be strong, to continue building on our faith, and that of others, it is through Jesus we pray. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie