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?
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What we want and what we need are often two different things. Ten people suffering both physically and socially with disease asked Jesus for what they wanted and what they believed they truly needed: the physical healing of their disease. Jesus sent them to the priests who were the ones designated to declare anyone clean. Being sent to the priests was music to their ears. They went in faith and became clean on the way. Nine kept going to do what they wanted to do get on with their lives before their illness happened. One discovered even after having received what he wanted, he was still in need. His disease had prevented him from getting close to anyone except other diseased people. The first person he needed to be close to was the person who had given him the freedom to be close. We don't know his name or what became of him, but we know that he left with what he truly needed- wholeness and new relationship with Christ. What one thankful left us with is a picture of faith - humble, grateful and focused on Jesus.
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Heal us from what keeps us at a distance from one another and from you. Amen.