Luke 17: 11-19

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled 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? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go, your faith has made you well.”

A Thought

Leprosy was a dreadful, contagious disease that separated its victims from their family and all others. They were considered unclean until they had gone to the priest who could pronounce them clean when they were no longer covered with the disease. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest. As they walked in faith, all ten were healed. Only one, who was considered a half-breed, returned, fell at the feet of Jesus to thank him. The way I see this picture, perhaps the Samaritan was the only one who truly received an inter healing of the heart and also an outward healing of the skin. God alone is worthy of our praise.

Our Prayer

Father thank you that Jesus can heal our diseased heart that is filled with sin and also our diseased body. Thank you for making all things possible through your son, Jesus Christ. We ask for healing from sin and sickness. Thank you that we will receive a new, perfect body when we will join you in your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.