St. Stanislaus Kostka, SJ; St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Lk 17: 11-19
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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The steps of healing
Ask. Act. Recognize. Give thanks.
These are the steps of the grateful Samaritan: he asked for Jesus to heal him, acted upon Jesus’ instructions, recognized the healing, and returned to give thanks to Jesus and praise God.
So often we miss these steps. The other nine lepers also missed some, yet were still made clean. Presumably Jesus did not “un-heal” them for their lack of gratitude. In the same way, he heals us despite our missteps.
However, the grateful one received the gift of Jesus’ blessing. The Samaritan, the most unlikely suspect, is affirmed in his faith because of his gratitude. So too might we receive abundant blessings and affirmation from Jesus if we follow each step through the very last one: ask, act, recognize, give thanks.
Where do I need healing? Which step most challenges me in my healing?
For what can I praise and give thanks to God today?
—Amy Ketner is the Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministry at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI.
Thank you, God, for loving me and healing me as you do. Please help me to recognize how you are moving in my life today. Help me to notice where I draw closer to or farther from you, and where I need your healing. Open my heart to the ways you are calling me to actively collaborate with you tomorrow and in the days to come. In love and gratitude, amen.
—An examen adapted by Amy Ketner