11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11-19, NRSV)
The one who turned back was a Samatitan. What were the other 9? We are not told but from the reference that the one was a Samaritan we are led to the understanding that the others were Jewish and therefore should have noticed the transformation and realized the one that did this could have been the Messiah.
But maybe they did notice and actually went to the priest to be restored to community. While the Samaritan didn’t but knew the higher calling.
What do we have to be thankful for in our lives that we don’t give thanks for?
What have you noticed after the fact and returned to give thanks for?
How can we be like the Samaritan and give thanks?