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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
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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Thankfulness--the Number One Priority
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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