The loving nature of our God impels Him to listen to our cry and respond to our need. We see this exemplified in today’s gospel (Luke 17: 11-19). When the ‘outcast’ lepers cried out to Jesus, He healed them. What is significant is that the word or instruction Jesus gave to them, to show themselves to the Priests, already effected healing before they reached their destination. What are the lessons learnt from this gospel pericope?: 1. Whatever our state or experience, never hesitate to cry out to God. 2. God not only listens, but He also responds with His healing word. 3. Our gratitude to God is the perfect sacrifice of praise. May our lives of thanksgiving reveal our bond with our Saviour. Lord Jesus, we praise You for your daily blessings, the grace and strength You bestow, the healing and mercy that You impart. May our lives of thanksgiving find favour with You at all times. Amen.
The Cleansing of Ten Lepers
11 As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he travelled through Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was entering a village, ten lepers met [him]. They stood at a distance from him 13 and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” 14 And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;16 and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? 18 Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” 19 Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”