II Kings 5:14-17; Psalms 98:1-4; II Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19
In today’s Gospel Lesson we read of Jesus’ encounter with ten lepers who come to meet Him as He travels along the border between Samaria and Galilee. They call out: “Jesus! Master! Take pity on us!” (Lk. 17:13). Jesus responds with compassion, by curing all ten, but only one — a Samaritan — finds time to give thanks to Him. Jesus asks, “The other nine, where are they? It seems no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner” (Lk. 17:18). Then, turning to the grateful Samaritan, He says, “Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you” (Lk. 17:19).
Where were “the other nine?” Would you believe, they’d gone to Church?
In a Peanuts cartoon strip, Snoopy is pictured retrieving a letter from his mail box. “Dear Contributor,” the letter begins. “We regret to inform you that your manuscript does not suit our present needs.” Signed, “The Editors.”
In the next frame, Snoopy lets out a…
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