Ad Jesum per Mariam

Ad Jesum per Mariam
...if you genuinely wish to reach a high level of prayer in all honesty and without falling into the traps that the devil sets for those who pray, SAY your Rosary everyday... St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sensitivity, Gratefulness, Knowledge, Faith (Luke 17:11-19 The Cleansing of the Ten Lepers)

The Cleansing of the Ten Lepers (Luke 17: 11-19)

And it came to pass, as he was going to Jerusalem, he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. [12] And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off; [13] And lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, master, have mercy on us. [14] Whom when he saw, he said: Go, show yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were made clean. [15] And one of them, when he saw that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God.
[16] And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks: and this was a Samaritan. [17] And Jesus answering, said, Were not ten made clean? and where are the nine? [18] There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger. [19] And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.

"17 This led Jesus to say, 'Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they?
18 It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.'"
According to St. Luke the evangelist, Our Lord Jesus Christ continued his journey to Jerusalem, travelled between Samaria and Galilee.

We may firmly believe here that our Lord met many people and graced them by His presence.

As He was entering a village, we are told, that ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him for they bear leprosy in their own selves. But their condition did not became a hindrance on crying out to God, to our Lord Jesus who hears the cry of the poor and the afflicted ones who were abandoned, deprived of love, mercy, and compassion from the rest of the world, those who are cast out from the rest.

They raised their voice saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" They know that God will pity them and by faith knows that God will save them from their condition.

Lord Jesus in turn listened, heard their cry and pitied them, gave them a mysterious command to go and show themselves to the priests. They did go and as they are going, they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, sensed that God saved him from his affliction, the Eternal High Priest healed him from
his leprosy, understood that God is the priest - the only priest that heals and saves. In realizing that God healed him (even without the assurance of the healing words of God but in obedience to the Lord they left Him to present themselves to the priests), it shows that he is sensitive enough to know to whom he must be thankful for. He knew to whom he should give glory - to God alone. He intensified his
voice much louder than the first cry he made when he is pleading to God for mercy. He returned the healing he received from God by returning himself - his whole self to God giving the Lord the homage He deserves and, he did this with humility, self-emptiness, and gratitude.

The Lord is merciful and loving even to those people whose identity and race is detestable - just like this Samaritan leper. He acknowledges the fact Jesus is the Lord, God, and Master and he knew by faith that he will be healed by this Eternal High Priest who is a Jew. The Samaritan leper became a Jew - for he returned to God and acknowledged Him who is the One True God - the Only Healer and Savior - the One and the Only Priest - the Eternal High Priest.

Jesus Christ seemed amazed by the return of the Samaritan leper where in fact, He healed ten lepers. He is inquiring for the nine who were insensitive and ungrateful to God. But the Samaritan just did what he ought to do - he stayed at the feet of Jesus Christ giving homage and gratefulness, not minding the other nine - he is enjoying the moment with Him.

Jesus Christ in turn said to the thankful man, "Be my rejoicing disciple who will be my witness of healing and life. Your faith has saved you from your iniquities."

We must consider the following:

We must return to God with rejoicing and thankfulness for He saved us from sin and death and from the fruits of these.

We must acknowledge Him as the One and Only Eternal High Priest and there's no other.

We must know and realize that God is the Only Healer and Savior and there is no other.

We must be sensitive and grateful enough to realize whom we must be thankful for - God alone.

We must be solid in our faith in God.

We must empty ourselves from ourselves to be humble enough and grateful enough to God

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

Mary H. Distributist

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