Where are the other nine?
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus' was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, then lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out , 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 made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well. (Luke 17:11-19, NRSV)
"Where are the other nine?"
In this story, ten lepers asked Jesus to have mercy on them, and their disease got healed by Jesus. But only one, a Samaritan, came back and gave thanks and praised God with a loud voice. Looking at this man, Jesus asked sorrowfully, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?"
During Thanksgiving season, as Christians, we reflect the grace and mercy of God upon us during the year. Beyond abundant grains and fruits, we can count numerous blessings in our lives when we think of God's protection and provision for us. Above all, the salvation of God through His one and only Son for us is what we should always reflect on and what makes us endlessly give praise to God. Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines, though the produce of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls, yet we should exalt in the God of our salvation! (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
But some times, our image could be like the other nine lepers who didn't give thanks to Jesus after receiving healing. Among the ten, only one Samaritan gave praise to God for what he received from Him. Although Christians should be the most grateful to God, sometimes we could forget to have gratitude and consider the blessings as a given. Even though we receive 10 from God through unconditional love and grace, perhaps we thank Him for just 1 out of 10. We need to check if we take it for granted or ignore giving thanks and glory to God.
Let us express our gratitude with a loud praise this Thanksgiving, remembering all the blessings, big and small. THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER!