Jesus, on his way from Samaria to Galilee, met ten lepers outside a village. They had all probably been expelled from their homes because of the perceived infectious nature of their unsightly and miserable disease.
Keeping at a respectful distance, they begged Jesus to heal them saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us”. (Luke 17:13)
Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests and as they did, they were all healed. However, only one, a Samaritan, returned to thank Jesus!
We assume that the other nine lepers were Jews and we know that Jews greatly resented Samaritans believing them to be no better than pagans! Yet, it was the Samaritan’s actions that seemed most respectful of Jesus’ healing and his mercy.
Do I express the same humility as the Samaritan or the nine Jews when I approach Jesus and receive his blessings and forgiveness?
Lord Jesus, I thank you for the multiple graces and blessings bestowed on me and coming to me, a sinner, through the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Amen.
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.
Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit
instructed the hearts of the faithful.
Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and
ever rejoice in His consolation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.