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Reflection by Suellen Brewster
Today's Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 - Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours
All ten lepers cried out to Jesus, calling Him Master, begging for mercy. All ten received His mercy in the form of healing from the disease which kept them separated from the rest of society. Only one, a Samaritan, came back to thank Jesus. Jesus had told all ten to present themselves to the priest, but the Samaritan would be considered unclean whether he had leprosy or not. He knew he could not present himself to the priest. He presented himself to Jesus instead, thanking Him. Jesus became the Samaritan’s priest, and Jesus accepted him, as the Jewish priest would not have been able to according to the Law.
Under Jesus the Law is fulfilled to overflowing. All are covered by it; all are redeemed by His Precious Blood. This Samaritan is cleansed and, with the small movement of faith on his part, is redeemed as well.
We too are called to come to Jesus for mercy, even in those areas we find most “leprous” and unforgivable. We too are called to receive that mercy and give thanks for it. We too are called to present ourselves as witnesses to Jesus’ healing love and saving mercy. We too are called to stop no one from coming to Jesus, to judge no one as beyond His mercy, to pray for all to come to His saving love.
Today let us be thankful for all of the mercy and healing we have received in our entire lives. Let us bring Jesus those “leprous” areas which keep even a small part of our souls separated from Him.
Is there a “leprous” area of your life which you would prefer to hide from Jesus? Bring it to Him today, asking for His love, mercy and healing.
Lord, thank You for Your merciful love for us. We bring you our uncleanness and beg for Your healing touch.
Copyright 2020 Suellen Brewster
Suellen Brewster is a wife and mother, secretary, happy “revert” to the Catholic faith, and most importantly, beloved daughter of the Father. She writes from her home outside of Buffalo, NY, where the long winters invite souls into quiet, prayer and reflection. Monthly articles can be found at catholicstand.com/author/suellen-brewster/
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