Readings & Background
This Sunday's Readings
2 Kings 5:14-17
Naaman is cleansed of his leprosy and chooses to serve the God of Israel.
Rejoice! The salvation of God is made known to all.
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Those who remain faithful to Christ will share Christ's glory.
Jesus heals 10 lepers, and one, the Samaritan, returns to give thanks.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today we hear about how Jesus, continuing on his journey to Jerusalem, heals 10 lepers. This story is a lesson about faith and reminds us that faith is sometimes found in unlikely places. Ten people afflicted with leprosy cry out to Jesus. Struck with pity, Jesus heals all 10. However, only one is described as glorifying God and returning to thank Jesus. The one who returns is a Samaritan, a foreigner. In the Jewish circles in which Jesus lived, Samaritans were looked down upon because of the differences between the two communities in their observance of Judaism. It is significant, therefore, that Jesus commends the Samaritan for his faith, which has been his salvation. Throughout Luke's Gospel, faith is found in surprising places.
Another lesson for us in this Gospel has to do with salvation. All 10 of the lepers were given the gift of healing, but in his gratitude to God for this gift, the Samaritan found salvation. Our salvation is found in recognizing the gifts we have been given and knowing to whom we must offer our thanks.