Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
Luke 17.11-19 (New International Version)
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”. When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.
This passage tells of Jesus healing ten people with the dreaded skin and neurological disease, leprosy. They asked Jesus to have pity on them, obviously knowing who he was, and Jesus healed them, telling them to go and show the local priest.
On their way their skin was healed. Out of the ten only one came back to give thanks and praise God. Jesus asked where the other nine where, as they had not returned. Jesus was perplexed that they were foreigners, or not Gods chosen. It is unclear whether the other nine were healed but the faith of this one healed him.
This is not new, people ask for God’s help in all types of situations and then forget to give praise to God. We all should be more watchful and be aware of the need to praise God when things are going well or bad. We may not need him at all times, but how many of us who are or are not Christians, ask for help, then forget to give praise?
We love you and we do praise you.
Make us and others aware of our shortcomings in praising you.
This we ask through your risen Son.
(Prayer: own composition).