“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”

As Jesus continues His journey to Jerusalem (Lk 17:11-19) he encounters ten lepers who plead with Him (above).  He tells them to go to the priests and along the way they are healed.  The only one to return to thank Him is the Samaritan in the group, a foreigner.  Jesus comments on this and then tells him that his faith has saved him.  As is so often the case, the words of figures in the gospel can be applied to us today.  Asking Jesus to pity us poor sinners should be at least a daily practice of ours.  Glorifying God for His gifts to us, thanking Jesus for healing us, as the poor Samaritan immediately did, should be our reaction as well.  All we have comes from God.  Our salvation is effected because of Jesus’ Paschal Mystery.  How can we be anything but grateful, even when things seem to be going against us?  “My grace is sufficient for you” Christ said to Paul and to us (2 Cor 12:9).  Ultimately, all that matters is that we are in the state of grace when the Lord calls us to Him.  So we should never not be in that state for we “know neither the day nor the hour” of our deaths (Mt 25:13).  Then Jesus will say to us, as He said to the Samaritan: “Your faith has saved you.”

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