May 2. The Grateful Leper

Lk. 17:11-19

As Jesus traveled in Samaria and near Galilee avoiding the Jewish authorities, He entered a Samaritan village.

Ten men with leprosy were standing a long distance from Him and because lepers were unclean, they were not allowed to be near anyone. They called and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

After the men were healed, one of them, a Samaritan returned and glorified God and thanked Jesus for his healing.

In a show of ingratitude, the other nine continued on their way. Jesus commented, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” One cannot count the daily blessings that come from God. A constant attitude of thanksgiving should be in the hearts of all men.