Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
November 16, 2017
This week's Thursday’s Thought for Sunday's service it's based upon Luke 17: 11-19:
“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 and 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.””
(Luke 17:11–19, NIV)
I ascribe the validity of thankful decisions to improved quality of life. It’s based upon a belief that deciding to be glad is life giving, leading to what is uplifting and empowering, to what is affirming and awakening.
Today’s passage seems appropriate as proof, not only considering a rising anticipation which commonly occurs in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, where we express gratitude for the fantastic food and familiar fellowship of family, certainly, but also for what this scripture teaches, especially regarding what Christ said. The focus of the passage lies within Jesus’s pronouncement in 17:17-19. “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Beyond what must have been initial joy for most of the healed lepers, there seems to be little left after that. By contrast, we see how thankfulness was expressed by the one who did turn back. Integral to the Samaritan’s life, thankfulness is described as something beyond praise. Dramatized with a loud voice, Jesus received this foreigner’s passionate utterance and connected faithful action to wellness of being. One might see how it could be interpreted for the present moment and for the days to come.
“Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Rev. Richard Wagner