Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’
Reflection by Janet Derby
Jesus seems surprised by the fact that only one of ten lepers has returned to give thanks for his healing. Perhaps he wasn’t really, he may have simply wanted to point it out. In particular, he may have wanted to point out that it was the foreigner who was the most grateful. What I find most thought-provoking in this passage is the last thing Jesus says to him, that his faith has made him well. What’s interesting is that all the others were made well also, weren’t they? Or is Jesus indicating something more than the physical healing that occurred? Perhaps what Jesus is saying is that this man’s faith and willingness to give thanks and praise has added to his total well-being and allowed his spirit to be made whole as well.
Healing God, help me to be grateful for all I have been given. May it allow me to get up and go to spread your love to all I encounter each day. Amen.