Prayer: Lord, may we always be grateful and close to you. Amen
Reading: Luke 17: 11-19 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: The ten lepers in our story today held back from getting close to Jesus and asked for mercy from a distance. Society called them unclean and that is where they had to stand. But after Jesus sent them away to show themselves to the priests, one of the ten returned praising God and threw himself at Jesus's feet in gratitude. Imagine the feeling of being healed. Imagine the feeling of being able to finally go to the temple. That is all well and good, but imagine the one who felt gratitude and felt the closeness of being with Jesus. Where else would he rather be?
When do we keep our distance? When we feel unclean or unwelcome? What do we long for in those moments or situations? Let's keep in mind we are always welcome with Jesus and a grateful heart is close to God. Where else would you rather be? --Ruth Gates
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