A Homily – The Gospel of Luke 17:11 - 19 ©
The Gospel of the Day – 2016.10.09
Saved by Faith
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’ When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. This made Jesus say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’
The Way, Faith is Trust
God; the creator of the universe, God loves all people. God loves the clean and the unclean, the leper and the person in full health. God loves them both alike. God’s mercy is the inheritance of both.
All of the lepers were healed of their disease, one came back and gave praise to God; gave thanks.
The one who returned and gave thanks was healed according to his faith and trust in God.
The others were saved according to God’s grace and mercy.
The important thing to understand is that all were healed.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time