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.
“Help. Thanks. Wow.”
Anne LaMott’s “Three Essential Prayers” feel particularly fitting as I read this Gospel while returning home from the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.
Along with 1,300+ members of the Ignatian family, I spent three days immersed in nourishing prayer, vulnerable storytelling, excellent educational presentations, and inspiring advocacy. “It’s like medicine,” I tell people back home. Every year, we bring our brokenness and blessings, our anger at injustice and passion for creating change. We place at the center our world’s “Samaritans”—the outcast women, men, and children with whom Jesus calls us to live in solidarity. We are challenged to look honestly at the darkness in our Church, our country, and our own hearts and we are moved to choose and create light.
So I suppose this is the moment when I give praise to God. Thank You, thank You, thank You.
For what am I most grateful today?
—Katie Davis (MDiv, Loyola University Chicago) is a former Jesuit Volunteer/JVC Magis currently working as a Chaplain and Religious Studies teacher at St. Ignatius College Prep. She has served on the Advisory Board for Jesuit Connections and is a member of the Chicago Women’s Team for the Ignatian Spirituality Project. Katie preaches with the project Catholic Women Preach.