Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me with a spirit of thanksgiving.
Picture the one leper returning to give thanks.
This story is somewhat like a parable, ending with Jesus pronouncing the Samaritan’s saving faith. Obviously, the group consisted of nine Jewish lepers and one Samaritan. Their illness bonded them together and overcame their religious differences. The Samaritan emulates Naaman, a Syrian, who in the Old Testament returned to thank the prophet Elisha for healing him of leprosy. (2 Kg 5:15).
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- All ten see their unique opportunity. Jesus has come to their village.
- United in prayer, all ten “lift up their voices” and ask for pity.
- All are obedient. All go to the priest. All are cleansed.
- Nine return home thinking they have no further responsibility.
- Only one leper sees the need to return to Jesus. He alone receives total wholeness.
- Jesus is disappointed. He wants to give total wholeness but the nine did not return.
- Only a stranger receives the full gift.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, you will come to me today.
- I will grasp that special moment.
- My heart will call out to you.
- Cleanse me of the leprosy of my sins.
- Jesus, I will not forget you.
- I will return to give thanks and You will bless me even more.
- Do not let me disappoint you.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will thank those who have helped me in the past – parents, teachers, friends.
+ All day long, I will give thanks for God’s blessings.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
“Go on your way, your faith has made you whole.”