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.” (Luke 17:11-19, NRSV)
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem in what we would call no man’s land.
And there He saw 10 people with skin disease, and before they proved themselves worthy of healing, He told them to go and show themselves to the priest, which is what they needed to do to be accepted back into community. You see with w skin disease they were put out of community because they were thought to be contagious. So in order to return to life in community, the priest had to clear them, and say they were healed. So Jesus sent them to be restored to community.
And as they went they realized they were made clean.
And 1 of the 10, turned around and went back to Jesus and thanked Him.
And because he went back and thanked Jesus, Jesus said, “your faith has made you well.” So this one was cleansed, and had faith, and was made well.
Makes me wonder what we are grateful for?
There is a lot in the world today to be fearful of.
There is a lot in the world today to be angry about.
There is a lot in the world today to be frustrated about.
We all have lots of things we regret.
We all have apprehensions.
We all grieve something we did or did not do.
But when we get hung up on the negatives, all we will see is the negatives.
What do you have in your life to be grateful for?
And have you said thank you to God yet today for all of your blessings?
Be grateful for your blessings, and count them, and count on God to continue to help you through all the troubles ahead.