11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
This Sunday, at our church, we’re reminded of how important it is to give thanks. Generations of mothers and fathers have used this text to show their children what thanks are all about, and that it’s not polite not to give thanks – even Jesus wonders where the other 9 men are!
But it’s not all about the polite thanks. In the mans actions and words he gives more than an easy thank you; he acknowledges Jesus for who he is – sent from God, our savior!
By coming back the foreigner gets more than he bargained for, not only a new life and his health back – but also a faith that lasts beyond life and death. Talk about getting a two-for-one deal!!