I pause for a moment
and reflect on God's life-giving presence
in every part of my body, in everything around me,
in the whole of my life.
Daily Prayer - 2012-11-14
I pause for a moment
Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in Your love.
There is a time and place for everything, as the saying goes.
Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
To hear your call.
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. 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."
Some thoughts on today's scripture
- Notice how Luke draws attention to the marginalised situation of the lepers. They are regarded as unclean and forced to live outside of towns and villages. Even when approaching Jesus they keep at a distance. Curing a leper restores that person to their community.
- Notice also how the location of this event (the region between Samaria and Galilee) may explain the unusual racial mix in the group of lepers. It is as if a shared marginalisation allows mutual distrust and hostility (between Jews and Samaritans) to be overcome.
- All ten lepers have faith; but only one experiences deep gratitude. The Samaritan goes out of his way to thank Jesus in person. How much do we take God's many blessings for granted, or worse still, as our entitlement?
Do I notice myself reacting as I pray with the Word of God?
Do I feel challenged, comforted, angry?
Imagining Jesus sitting or standing by me,
I speak out my feelings, as one trusted friend to another.
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
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