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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

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?"

Luke 17:17-18

Scripture Lessons:

Jeremiah 29:1,4-7
Psalm 66:1-12
2Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19



O God, our God, your world is a puzzlement to us. We pray our "give-me" prayers day after day and often fail to thank you. We are so like the nine lepers who failed to even give thanks for the cure they received. So now we turn from our selfishness and thank you for the challenges you have placed before us and for the power you have made available to us to deal with those challenges. May we be willing to seek your will and guidance in our lives.  Keep us ever mindful of your presence and grateful for your gifts. These things we ask in the strong name of Christ Jesus, your most precious gift to us. Amen.

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Sermon Excerpt:

Thankfulness--the Number One Priority
Luke 17:11-19

by RevJan

In today's scripture, we learn that Jesus was "on his way" to Jerusalem and the cross. Traveling between Samaria and Judea, he passed near a leper colony. His fame preceded him, for ten of the lepers called out to him "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" They reached out in faith that Jesus would heal them, as he had others. It was possible for leprosy to go into remission. If a leper thought his leprosy had gone away, he was supposed to present himself to a priest, who could declare him clean. Jesus said to the ten "Go and show yourselves to the priests." As they left, they were miraculously cleansed of their leprosy. All of the lepers obeyed Jesus' command to "go and show yourselves to the priests." Not one asked "Why?" "Do I Hafta?" or "Why don't you cure us right here?"

Each of the ten lepers obeyed Jesus. And, while they were on their way, all ten were healed. Ten were healed, yet only one returned to say "thank you." Several theories have been postulated as to why only one returned to thank Jesus. One waited to see if the cure was real. One waited to see if it would last. One said he would see Jesus later. One decided that he had never had leprosy. One said he would have gotten well anyway. One gave the glory to the priests. One said, "Oh, well, Jesus didn't really do anything." One said, "Any rabbi could have done it." One said, "I was already much improved." Everyone else was distracted by other blessings that were so near (family, friends, work, home, etc. )

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