Sunday, October 9, 2016

You are good to me

We have obstacles. Who doesn't? We have many obstacles. Who doesn't? Ok, some of us have more hardships than others. It is true. I learned a long time ago not to compare my difficulties to those of others. We will all suffer in this life. Each of us has to find the way in which we live through and overcome the suffering that comes our way.

Because today is Sunday, I want to dedicate this post to Scripture.

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.” Lk 17:11-19

These lepers cried out to Jesus, because they knew that He could heal them. There were ten. They were all healed. And as the story goes, only one came back to give thanks. The only one to come back was a Samaritan. This is obviously no coincidence. Samaritans were shunned by Jews. Jews were made unclean by being in proximity to the lepers and more so to a Samaritan.

Jesus crossed these social barriers. Of course.

So why did only one come back to give thanks? Who knows what happened to the others? My guess is they were too preoccupied, relishing the fact that they had been healed. They had been healed! They were celebrating! Yet, they had forgotten the very reason they had been healed. Their very disease had put them into contact with the God of the universe. They had the opportunity to increase their faith by acknowledging not only God, but His works. They didn't.

But one did.

The Samaritan is the example of what our response should be to God's gift of faith. Our response to God's gift of helping us surmount the most difficult hardships, through His mercy.

"Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” 

Your faith has saved you. Faith in Jesus Christ brings us Salvation. Perhaps we will overcome those obstacles on what seems to be our own efforts. However, it is only in giving thanks, in being grateful that we will acknowledge that our healing, our faith, our ability to overcome all the hardships in our lives, comes from God alone.

God is so good. How can we not give Him thanks? What are you grateful for today?

Here is a great song by a wonderful singer Audrey Assad : "Good to me"

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