The lepers we read about in the gospel of Luke who were suffering are easy to relate to… they begged Jesus to pay attention to them. We are suffering, Lord! Our lives are in shambles! We are outcasts! Lord, help us! Heal us! They did not even dare approach him; they stayed at a distance and called to him. You may feel quite the same. When you suffer, you long for someone to acknowledge your pain. Do you go to mass and sometimes stand in the very back of the church because you feel distant? Do you feel like an outcast because of your divorce? Do you feel lost and call to Christ from a distance? Christ healed the lepers and He will heal you, too. Remember that Christ loves you and will always give you what you need to heal from your wounds. He loves you with an everlasting love and cares for you as if no one else existed.
When you recognize God’s goodness and the way He takes care of you, be sure to give thanks to Him. Remember the one leper who turned back and thanked Him and. This man was a Samaritan and Samaritans understood that – according to the Jews – they counted for nothing. They were outcasts. But this man, the most unlikely of the bunch who were healed, recognized what a great miracle Jesus had performed for him and came back to thank Jesus. We should all follow in his footsteps and remember to thank God for all His blessings, great and small.
And he said to the man, Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you. – Luke 17: 19