“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.” LK 17:11-19
Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” Lk 17:11-19
Today, Jesus shows us again the relationship between faith and salvation, gratitude, and what can happen when we fall to the feet of Jesus and ask for His mercy. We are all lepers symbolically with sin. We have inherited a mangled and disfigured nature. We need God’s mercy, none of us are different in this area of our lives. The sad thing is we treat others differently because they look different on the outside or they are mentally or physically disabled. There is no normal. ( Watch the movies “Wonder” or “Radio”)
Every one of us is created out of God’s love and has dignity. Every one of us is God’s handiwork and His masterpiece. We matter and have value. No matter how many times we sin, how much we suffer, or how much we are ridiculed we never lose our value because we are made in the image and likeness of God. Be thankful for who you are and what God has blessed you with. Love yourself because you are made in God’s image and likeness.
Be the first to sit with a “foreigner” at lunch and befriend a person with a disability. This is who Jesus would be hanging out with. Today, fall to the feet of Jesus, ask for His mercy, come back to Him and thank Him for His forgiveness and cleansing you. Then, live in the joy of salvation now and in heaven.
Today’s challenge: Sit with someone that is not in your friendship group at lunch today. Fall at the feet of Jesus at the crucifix in your room at home and ask God for mercy and thank Him for the opportunity. Fight sin harder with God’s grace, mercy, hope, love and friendship.
Thanksgiving Challenge: Put down your electronics and help someone. Take care of those who take care of you. Spend intentional prayer time thanking God for all He has given you. Receive the Eucharist which means “Thanksgiving”. Write little notes of gratitude and put them on family members’ pillows or just tell them thank you for everything they do for you.
Be a servant, become a saint!