As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you. ”
“…ten lepers stood at a distance,…” a sign of respect and consideration. ” …One of them…” returns to say thanks. ” …except this foreigner…” someone from a group of people despised by the Jews. Initially they showed respect and consideration, standing at a distance. But upon their healing, only one forgot self long enough to come back and say thanks. The others continue, we can only guess, full of their own joy. Do we forget to say thanks, so full of our own joy? And the one who came back was of a class of people despised by the Jews! Outside the camp…outside the inner circle of those blessed by God with His truth..and yet like a child, responds to the love shown him.
“…’Your faith has healed you. ‘…” it lies within us, the ability to receive from the Lord what we need. God gives the faith, we exercise it. And in all things give thanks.