Submitted by Jan on Mon, 03/10/2016 – 19:41
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 23
Year C (2015-2016)
Bible Book: Luke
Verse: 11 – 19
On His way to Jerusalem Jesus met ten men who had leprosy. They were the outcasts of society and
stayed together on the borders of the city. When Jesus passed by they stood at a distance. In
verse 13 they called out in a loud voice:
‘’ Jesus, Master, have pity on us”
Jesus was aware of their specific needs and sent them to their priests. The priests were the only
people that could declare them healed again. As the ten went, all of them were immediately
healed. It is important to note the reaction of the ten when they realised that they were totally
cleansed. Only one of them came back to Jesus and thanked Him for the miracle, and he was not
even a Jew but a Samaritan. (verse 16)
“… he threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked him”
Jesus asked the question “were not all ten of them cleansed, but only the Samaritan came back to give praise to God. Jesus gave him a specific message.
“ … rise and go, your faith has made you well”.
We are also living in a broken and sick society and a lot of the people feel like outcasts. It is our responsibility to go to those people and support / help them so that they can feel welcome and be part of a caring and loving society.
In our current environment where we support and help people, we will find that some of them will not come back to thank us. What is our attitude towards these people? Do we want to be thanked? What is my reason/motive for helping my neighbour?
It is better to give than to receive and may the attitude of gratitude start with us. Let us not become weary in doing good.
Written by: Rev Benjamin Martin, Calvyn Protestant Church and trained Churches Channels of Hope facilitator