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Lenten Devotional: March 17, 2024

by Nancy Gainor


Having left Galilee for the last time,

Jesus ventures forth to Samaria, a

land inhabited by known enemies

of the Jews. Entering the village,

he is mesmerized by a group of ten

who plead for his help. The frayed

tunics and scruffy beards cannot hide

the erupting lesions that disfigure

each one. Leprosy has ravaged their

bodies and destroyed their lives.

This contagious and incurable

bacteria assails the skin and defeats

the spirit. Banished from friends and

family, the little contact they receive

is absorbed upon the announcement

of their medical status. This audible

label further destroys their dignity.

“When he saw them he said, ‘Go

show yourselves to the priests.’ And

as they went they were cleaned.”

Faith leads to trust and trust leads to

healing. The lepers obediently left

to locate the priests, without being

cured. “They are healed along

the way.” One of them, when he saw he

was made well, came back, praising

Jesus in a loud voice. He threw himself

at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. The attitude

of gratitude makes a difference. Humbleness

in mercy allows the believer to appreciate

God’s grace. Have you thanked your Lord

today for the many blessings in your life?

Faith + Compliance + Respectful Appreciation

= Spiritual Blessing. Bask in the glory of God!

Luke 17:17-19

During this season of Lent harbor an attitude of praise for the countless blessings Christ has bestowed upon you. You are truly loved. Give Him all the glory.


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