JOURNEYING ON – THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Reading: Luke 17:11-19
Jesus was travelling from Galilea to Jerusalem and as he approached the region between Samaria and Galilee, he entered a village. He was greeted by the cry of ten persons afflicted with leprosy. They cried out ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us’.
It should have been a very difficult life for those ten people. According to the religious customs at that time, those with leprosy were considered unclean and those who touch them were also made unclean. Therefore they cannot live with their family but have to wander outside the village.
Their life should have been marked by pain. They would experience pain in their body as their limbs decay and their face deformed. They were living as outcasts not able to relate even to their own family.
The response of Jesus was amazing, he asks them to go to the temple and show themselves to the priest. On their way they are healed and one of them comes back looking for Jesus. He came praising God and fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet and thanked him and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus was touched by this person who was a Samaritan and asked where the other nine were. Only one of the ten had the heart to come back and say thanks.
God loves a grateful heart and every blessing that we receive is an invitation to turn to God with a grateful heart. Being grateful to God is to live with humility and the realisation that we are what we are because of the grace of God.
Gracious God, we look up to you with a grateful heart for all your mercies that we receive. Accept our gratitude and lead us merciful God. We pray for our nation as the lockdown is eased from today and businesses resume. Be gracious to us and guide us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.