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Today’s Reading: Luke 17:11-19
11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he 17 was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
this foreigner: Of the ten who were cleansed, only the Samaritan expressed gratitude (17:16) and faith (17:19).
Jesus’ actions recall how Elisha cleansed a foreign leper while living in Samaria (2 Kings 5:1- 14). At another level, he initiates the adoption of foreigners into God’s covenant family as prophesied in Is 56:3-8.