Returning to Say Thank You
11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.
17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
Read – Read the passage, focusing especially on the questions Jesus asks.
Think – Not only are lepers deformed by their disease,
but Old Testament law also excludes them from community with others. Ten men
come to Jesus with this horrific skin disease. These men are physical and
relational outsiders. When Jesus heals them, he also helps restore them to
When have you felt like an outsider and then experienced god’s restoring you to community with others an with God’s self? Do you tend o be like the nine, who asked for God’s help and didn’t return, or are you like the one who returned to say thank you, and why?
Think about your last several requests to God in prayer. Have you turned around and come back, shouting your gratitude for how he has answered your request and bless you in the process? Why or why not? What need to happen in your life for you to remember to return when God answers your prayers?
Pray – Make this prayer time one of intentional thankfulness. Consider your recent requests to God (being specific). Return now and thank God for answering those requests, big and small.
Live – every time you make a request, turn around and shout your gratitude.
Lectio Divina study is taken from The Message: Solo by Eugene Peterson.