Our scripture for this week is Luke 17:11-19.
As he 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!” Luke 17:12-13
People recognized that Jesus was special. He not only taught about God’s love, He showed us how it was to be shared. In this passage we hear of a group of men asking Jesus for pity, in their hope that He would heal them.
These men had no previous relationship with Jesus, many of the recipients of His healing did not. Jesus teaches us that He is ready and able to help us, no matter what our situation. He calls us to be ready to do the same, to offer God’s love and care without analyzing or judging.
Jesus didn’t require those who came to Him be believers, but when people saw the healing with which He blessed them, even those around them found it hard not to believe. We need to see healing around us and know that it is a gift from Him. We also need to share that love and comfort in the belief that He will bless our efforts for others, even as He healed others Himself.
Loving Lord, we know that You love and heal us, and that You call us to do the same for others. Help us to be the messengers of the Good News, bringing comfort and hope to all Your children. Amen.