March 28th Lenten Devotional

The 10th Leper

Jo Mead

Luke 17:11-19   

  Jesus had been traveling and walked into the village and the ten lepers approached him. After he had healed the lepers he sent them to their priests where they were once again accepted into community. One of the ten, a foreigner, came back to give praise for the healing.

Were the other nine lepers community members? We don’t know. We do know that the mention of the one giving thanks was pointed out as a foreigner. Why? Is there something about when we become comfortable in our families, in our occupations, in our communities that we no longer turn to give thanks to God? Have we lost the acceptance of healing as a gift and instead it became an entitlement? Could my thought process include: I am entitled to be healed because I go to church? Or, I am entitled to be healed because I am a good citizen?

We have no entitlements. What we have is a loving God who looks past our human need for self-reliance and allows us to go about our lives when we fail to give thanks for God’s presence. We are in the place to offer thanks at least a hundred times a day, however pious we feel, if we remember to give thanks instead of asking for more in our prayers. But might it be that we are all still lepers going about our business of living instead of returning to give thanks. May we find the words this day to offer our thanks. May we find the space this day to live into the kingdom here and now. Thank you, Gracious Love. Thank you.


Rev. Jo Mead is an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. She serves the kingdom at University United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kansas.

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