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Liturgical day: Wednesday 32nd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 17,11-19): As Jesus entered a village, ten lepers came to meet him. Keeping their distance, they called to him, «Jesus, Master, have pity on us!». Then Jesus said to them, «Go and show yourselves to the priests». Now, as they went their way, they found they were cured. On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along the border between Samaria and Galilee, and as He entered a village, ten lepers came to meet him. Keeping their distance, they called to him, «Jesus, Master, have pity on us!». Then Jesus said to them, «Go and show yourselves to the priests». Now, as they went their way, they found they were cured.

One of them, as soon as he saw he was cleansed, turned back praising God in a loud voice, and throwing himself on his face before Jesus, he gave him thanks. This man was a Samaritan. «Was no one found to return and give praise to God but this alien?». And Jesus said to him, «Stand up and go your way; your faith has saved you».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we see how our attitude of faith can move Jesus Christ’s Heart. Those lepers, overcoming the social rejection they suffered and with a good dose of audacity, approached Jesus and "compelled" Him with their trusting request: "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" Jesus' response is immediate: they are cured at once.

- A bit of faith can do much: if we do not see more miracles it is because we don’t "compel" the Lord very much.