Today I attended Saint Bede Church, in Williamsburg, VA. I've been on vacation touring Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg. It was wicked awesome. The perfect conclusion to the vacation was the Eucharist. We went to Mass. The homily today was on Luke 17: 11-19. I'm sorry I can't give you the priest's name because he's not listed in the bulletin. I heard it announced but I didn't catch it. I'm pretty sure it was Vietnamese, though.
Father's homily was about the ten lepers. Only one came back to give thanks, and that one was a Samaritan. Father happened to mention that Jesus sent the lepers off to the priests because it was the priests who declared whether or not one was a leper.
Well...I was wondering....
It's the other way around. The point is the same. But it's not the Samaritan that that story should revolve around, it's the nine others. That Samaritan was disobedient. Jesus told the ten lepers to go show themselves to the priests. Nine obeyed. And I like to think once those nine were declared clean by the priests, they could then enter society again, and search out Jesus to thank Him.
That other one, the disobedient Samaritan, didn't belong to their religion. So he wasn't going to go to their priests to declare whether or not he was clean. What did he care about their priests? Or their laws?
He was just giving credit to where credit was due--Jesus.
That being said, the point is the same: Jesus heals, and we owe Him thanks. Think of ourselves as the lepers. Sinners=Lepers
Jesus can heal us. We have sick souls and when we repent, and seek out a priest for Confession, we are healed. Our sins are forgiven by Jesus. Deo Gratias.
Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning, and rend your hearts, not your garments. Joel 2:12-13