GOSPEL, Luke 17, 11-19:
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’ When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. This made Jesus say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’
WORDS FOR LIFE, A FRIENDLY BEGGAR
The Lord is always ready to give us what we need. To ask things of God is good and pleasing to him, just like a mother is glad when her daughter asks her for something she really needs.
The problem is that there are some people who just use God to get what they want, in a rather selfish way – so they have a poor relationship with him.
What God wants is that we talk to him, about what might have occurred during the day. He would like us to ask him for help if there has been a problem and to thank him if he has assisted us in some way.