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.’
This weekend is Saturday the 12 and Sunday the 13 October, beginning the 28th week of Ordinary Time.
Karen Money sings Echo: Let me stay a little longer, so I breathe in more of You. As I listen, I focus for a moment on my breathing, on the breath that is within me, the life that is within me, the breath – the life – that God has given me.
This weekend’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
Imagine this scene. Lepers, outcasts, forever kept apart from family, friends and community. Imagine their loneliness and desperation. Maybe you can imagine yourself as one of them. Here comes Jesus, the man with healing powers. Perhaps the miracle will happen, and you’ll be free once more, restored to the life and love you long for. What does it feel like to be outcast? Perhaps at times in your own life you’ve felt sick, damaged, isolated and desperate for help. Can you get in touch with any feelings you have right now of being in need of healing?
Jesus recognises the lepers’ need and acts accordingly. Imagine looking at your hands, at the rest of your body, and realising that you’re whole and healthy again. What might lead you to praise God and thank your healer? What might lead you not to? Imagine this scene from Jesus’ perspective. How does he feel when the Samaritan returns to thank him? How does he feel when the nine others disappear without doing so?
What difference does it make if we praise and thank God for graces received? Jesus tells the Samaritan that it’s his faith and not Jesus’ own power that has made him well. Imagine him saying this to you. How do you respond?
Is there something you want to say to Jesus in return? Whatever your feelings, allow them to emerge and speak to Jesus about them. Perhaps you feel prompted to ask for a particular grace for yourself or someone else?