October 8

Luke 17:11-14

“When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean.” vs. 14

As we’ve learned to live with COVID we’ve had to deal with ever-changing regulations for quarantine and travel. Once diagnosed we have to be able to show a negative test to resume normal activities, and that hasn’t always been easy. We’ve missed family gatherings and had to cancel trips, all in the interest of public health. Leprosy was the first century equivalent of COVID and the laws were stringent. Even when the rashes had disappeared, a person could rejoin the community only after being declared clean by the priests. So when Jesus encountered the lepers he sent them to the priests, and then, as they went, they were cleansed. The healing was evidently not immediate, but happened as they obeyed Jesus’ instructions. It’s a healing story that will be familiar to many. Often when disease or illness comes we’d love to be free of it as soon as possible, but that doesn’t happen. So we go to our healers, maybe at urgent care, and ask for help, and almost always we are given something to do. We could opt to do nothing and take our chances, but most often we’ll do as we’re told, and as we follow those prescriptions, ultimately healing does come. Sometimes it almost feels like a miracle! And our trust has been key!

Thought for the Day: What’s my healing story?

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