Reading: Luke 17: 11-19
Ten lepers cry out to Jesus, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us”! Ten lepers are healed as they head off to show themselves to the priests. Ten lepers believed that Jesus could heal them. Ten lepers went to the priests to be deemed “clean” so that they could re-enter the society they had been banned from. What a joy they must have felt to hug family members, to see friends again, to be able to go to the temple!
We too have cried out, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us”! We cry out to Jesus for mercy, forgiveness, healing, relief from situations and circumstances. We too cry out in hopes that Jesus will indeed grant us mercy, pour out forgiveness, bring us healing, … We want to experience Jesus’ power in our lives. Many times we do experience Jesus’ touch or restoration or intervention.
When we do experience Jesus responding to our cries, how do we respond? Do we respond? Are we so grateful that we are rid of that affliction or situation or circumstance that we leap back into living life? Or are we so naive that we think it was something we did to change our plight? Or are we simply ungrateful?
It is essential that we not only recognize that Jesus Christ has answered our cries, but that we also tell the story. We must testify to God’s hand at work in our lives so that others can find hope in their lives. We must add our story of healing or forgiveness or… to the bigger story of God at work in our world. Others need to hear of how we experienced Jesus’ power in our lives. Our testimony may be but a small part of God’s huge story, but someone needs to hear how God is at work in our life. It may be many someones. May we tell the story.