A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 17:11-19
"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 voices 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 them, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you." The Gospel of the Lord
Prayer: Breathe in me O Holy Spirit that my thoughts may all be holy, draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
In this beautiful passage we are drawn to "the feet of Jesus' with the cleansed leper. What a powerful place to be. What is passing through this man's heart who has just been cleansed of leprosy? What makes him realize the healing? What makes him desire to return to Jesus? This cleansed leper is amazing, he is so free and spontaneous; his 'anxiety' to make it to the priest to show himself as healed, in order to be 're-established' in community, is not a greater desire, than his desire to approach Jesus. I love that image, it reminds me of Mary at the feet of Jesus, choosing the "better part"- essentially the Priority of God above all else. This response of gratitude, on his part, affords him a singular place near Christ. (he is the only one there) What a lesson; earlier he was at a distance, now he is so close, his place is right at the feet of Jesus. Faith enabled the miracle to take place, gratitude enabled his 'change of place.' This brings to mind the Sacrament of Reconciliation; we must be willing to acknowledge the need for cleansing, We must be willing to show ourselves "as is" to Jesus, wounds and all. We must beg for mercy, as the lepers did; "have pity on us." Pope Benedict Emeritus has reminded us; "We must trust in the mighty power of God's mercy. We are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new." Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God have mercy on me a poor sinner, a poor sinner who loves you Jesus. Amen
"Gratitude brings us the greatest graces" (St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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