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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

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Gospel text (Lk 17:11-19): Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they were cleansed.

And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, Jesus Christ has healed 10 lepers, but only 1 has come to thank him. Unbelievable! Jesus has done them the greatest favor of their lives, because leprosy was an incurable disease and lepers were socially marginalized ... Only one worshiped God by thanking Him for the miracle!

—The human being is the only “animal” (living being) capable of recognizing how much we owe to God and, consequently, thanking Him. And yet, how easily we forget! Camels or crocodiles don't give thanks to God either ...