Week 5: Monday

Read: Monday Luke 17v11–19 

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Meditate: When we looked at the Jesus’ parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin, there was one lost in each case while the rest were safe. This time it’s the other way around. One person shows gratitude, and the rest go on their way. And this time it’s a Samaritan. A foreigner. An outsider. An enemy. 

Jesus says, “Congratulations! Your faith has saved you.” But faith in who? Notice he threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him which Jesus attributes to giving praise to God! Jesus is the eternal Son of God come into the world to defeat sin and death and disease and to redeem us and all creation!

Pray: Part of faith is learning to see the world the way Jesus does. Today we pray, Gracious Lord, teach us to see with your eyes of compassion, and teach us to love people with your healing and welcoming love.

Engage: Have a conversation today with someone you wouldn’t normally talk to.