Pilgrims and Thankful Samaritans


Thursday, November 22, 2018

“On the way to Jerusalem Christ was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.’ When He saw them he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ And He said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.’”– Luke 17:11-18


Pilgrims in flight from persecution in Europe sought refuge in a faraway land.  They risked their own lives, they carried with them their barest essentials, they were driven by Hope and sustained by faith.  And upon finally arriving after months of journey, they were eventually welcomed and provided for by the native population.  And we gather thanks that the Lord provided for us as refugees in a foreign land.

Was there no one to return to give thanks for being healed except this foreigner?”  And thus of the ten who were healed, this one foreigner was then made well.  I offer that Christ made the foreigner well in the sense of well-being, a foreigner who had been thankful for being given refuge.

I was born in Canada.  My Canadian relatives and friends celebrated their national day of thanksgiving awhile back and in Canada there are foreigners who found refuge in that good land and they are thankful.  Now I live in these United States of America … a refugee from a foreign land … and I am thankful.

Be thankful, all of you, my Loved Ones, for finding Providence in lands that once were not your own.

Always in Christ’s Service,

Fr. Charitas de la Cruz

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