Gospel Reading and Thoughts for October 13, 2013

Gospel – Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”10 lepers
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”


This Gospel often reminds me of my own children after receiving a gift or a kind word.  “Do you have any manners?” I’ll remind them.  And then they’ll trot back over to their benefactor with a polite thank you. 

Here, only one of the lepers returns to thank Jesus.  I wonder if perhaps it’s not because the others were not thankful, but maybe they were so overwhelmed with joy that they just forgot.  Sometimes we too are so thankful at something working out our way, perhaps an answered prayer, that we actually forget to praise God in thanksgiving.  I need to remember to thank God for goodness that he bestows on me every day!


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