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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
In today’s Gospel we hear of ten lepers who are healed by Jesus, but only one who responds—only one who gave thanks. We are told that the one who does—the one whose faith saves him—is a Samaritan, an outsider. How often do we think that, because we call ourselves believers, we are doing “enough”?
I know I am not nearly as appreciative as I should be, and that I have so much to learn from those considered outsiders around me. To me, this passage is a reminder that God does so much for us, and that God gets so much joy from our gratitude. So if you or I get the chance to thank God for what God has done for us—there is always something—let’s take it!
—Maggie Larin is a sophomore studying Sociology at the University of Michigan. She is an active member of St. Mary’s Student Parish in Ann Arbor.
Thank you, Father, for creating us and giving us each other in the human family.
Thank you for standing with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort
in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness.
Thank you for yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and for the whole of our lives.
Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day
conscious of all that has been given to us. Amen!
—© 2013, William H. Sadlier, Inc.