Day 5 - Friday 15th March
As Jesus 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.
Ten are healed but only one goes out of his way to take the time to give thanks to Jesus. Gratitude flows out of this man and he cannot help but turn back and give thanks. It is so easy to pray, to ask, to pour out our hearts and our needs and then move on. It takes time and effort to go back, to rethink and recall all that God has done and to give thanks to him.
But gratitude is such an important attitude and will always bring greater blessing and a greater awareness of God’s presence.
At the beginning of the passage the lepers are stood at a distance from Jesus, calling out to him. At the end the one who returns throws himself at Jesus’ feet. He has come close, full of thankfulness and as a result he is blessed by Jesus.