(Chapter 10: Jesus’ Last Journey To Jerusalem (St Luke))
Could you help someone today? Maybe you could help ten!
Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem when ten men suffering from leprosy approached him and begged for his mercy. “Jesus Master, have pity on us,” they said.
In those days, leprosy was an incurable disease. Sufferers were expelled from their homes and towns. People believed that the disease was passed by touch. They were forced to live an isolated life, much the same as many beggars do today but outside the towns and away from other people.
Jesus told them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests,” as was the custom. While on their way, all were miraculously cleansed. Immediately, one of them turned back to find Jesus. He, “Fell with his face to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked him”.
We all naturally wonder, what happened to the other nine? Perhaps, they took for granted Jesus’ healing gift and rushed to celebrate with their family or maybe, a few returned to their businesses to continue life as if nothing had changed; we can only reflect on the many possibilities!
However, maybe the nine are no different to many of us! (Luke 17:11-19)
Two small words, with a big heart: “Thank You”. Another three words: “Thank You, Jesus”.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I failed to extend my thanks to you for your help and beautiful gifts. Thank You, Jesus.
Prayer: Jewish Prayer of Thanks (Modeh Ani)
I offer my thanks before you,
living and eternal King,
for You have mercifully restored my soul within me;
Your faithfulness is great.