This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel reading below, we find the story of the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus, with only one returning to thank him. This gospel reading reminds us of the importance of thanking God for the gifts we have been given, and it also emphasizes the importance of faith. The leper’s return to Jesus demonstrated not only his gratitude, but also his faith in Jesus. Jesus’ words to the leper are powerful ones: “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” Jesus acknowledged that the depth of the leper’s faith was a sign of his salvation.
For each of us, our faith life includes discovering and knowing who Jesus is and journeying with Jesus through our life experiences. This reading may cause us to reflect upon where we see ourselves in relationship to the ten lepers: When I think of the graces God has given me, am I with the nine or the one?
This week’s reading is a wonderful one to share with the children when discussing the need to be faithful. On this day, we thank God for the gift of our students; they are truly a blessing.
Enjoy the beauty of this day.
God bless you,
Mrs. Katie Walsh
Gospel 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 him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you."