The Gospel narrates the merciful action of Jesus in curing the ten lepers. Certainly, to be healed of such a horrible affliction is a great gift, flowing from Jesus’ compassion. Surprisingly, only one returns to express his gratitude to Jesus and to praise God. Thus, Jesus asks, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” And he was a Samaritan!
During the time of Jesus, many Jews, especially the Pharisees, looked down upon the Samaritans as “second-class,” having a “false religion,” and “lacking faith in the true God.” Yet, a careful look at the Gospels shows us that three times Jesus made Samaritans “models of virtue.” We have the “grateful leper” (Lk 17:15-19), the “good Samaritan” (Lk 10:29-37), and the “Samaritan woman at the well” (Jn 4:4-42). Like the thankful leper, we are to constantly praise God for his gracious mercies. Like Jesus himself, we are to see sincere goodness in other people—even in those we did not expect.
Do we have the eyes of Jesus — eyes of mercy?
Gospel • LUKE 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”
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