Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.
Devotion by Wayne Scott
For me this passage is a reminder to look for and take notice of the blessings that we receive and then take time to be thankful and praise God for those blessings.
In this story the lepers ask Jesus to have "mercy" on them. Mercy can take on many forms - not necessarily healing as we might expect knowing that the plea is coming from a group of lepers. Perhaps they were hoping that Jesus might just give them some food or clothing. The request for "mercy" does not directly indicate that the lepers were asking to be healed. Yet on their way to visit the priests they were indeed healed - an unexpected turn of events for someone in their condition. And then one of the ten turned back - indicating that he had not yet reached his destination - and began to praise God. Not only did the lepers receive an unexpected blessing, but one of them interrupted his own journey to praise God for being healed.
It is so easy for us to get caught up in the daily grind of life and forget about the blessings that we receive on a daily basis. Not all blessings will take the form of something as major as being healed of leprosy. There are many seemingly mundane blessings that we receive - yet we should be just as thankful for those. Let us take time out of each day to think about, take note of, and thank God for those blessings just as the leper took notice of his healing and turned around to praise God.
Holy One, thank you for the many blessings that you bestow upon us each and every day - from the seemingly mundane to the extremely obvious. Forgive us when we fail to take notice of those blessings or when we just don't take the time to express our gratitude. Help us keep our hearts and minds open to your presence and your love for us. In Jesus' name, Amen!