The Bible: The Power of Rebirth

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

Reflection on the Gospel of the Wednesday In The Thirty-Second Week In Ordinary Time

Luke 17:11-19

One of the things which I have noticed lately is spiritual pride. And as Scott Hahn mentions in one of his talks, pride is the gateway to ruin, it bring in everything that will take us away from God’s presence. On the other hand we have humility, it is the gateway which draws in all virtues that will help us cling to God. St. Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians helps us see that Gratitude is very essential in our life, if we do not appreciate and are grateful to everything and every aid given us, there will be stagnation in our lives, with regards moving closer to God and appreciating his actions in our lives.

We see this at work here in this story of the Ten Lepers… When in want all alike recognise Jesus as Lord and God, even the Samaritan Leper. Yet we see gratitude and humility lacking in nine of the former lepers. Once they have received their healing, there is no movement towards God… yet we see the gratitude and humility of the Samaritan former leper. He comes back and pays homage to Jesus. If before he acknowledged Jesus as Lord and God because of the other Nine Jewish Lepers, now he truly believes and is drawn closer to God.

Pray then that gratitude and humility be your constant companions in life, because they will always show you the right way to live and be in a proper relationship with God.

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