Wednesday: 14th November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 17:11-19
Luke 17:17-18 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
The reflections from the Gospel some days ago reminded us of the story of a lost sheep whose owner left the other 99 behind to find it(Luke 15). While looking, the one question on his mind was: ‘where is the one?’ Today however, under different circumstances, Jesus wanted to find out something else: ‘where are the other nine?’ Unlike the shepherd who sought a single sheep, Jesus was looking for the majority – “the missing nine”
What is rather interesting is that those who were being sought, the majority, were indigenes – they were Jews like Jesus. The question of their whereabout is relevant in this discourse because it offers us a clearer picture of what could really have been going on with them, and what also happens with us on many occasions.
The scene we witness with the ten lepers was one in which the only foreigner among them, the samaritan, returned to give thanks. The truth is, although it may be the responsibility of others to offer things to us or do things for us even when we don’t play the ‘I am entitled card’, we need to show some appreciation.
We know that our status is confirmed as children of God and our parents, members of our own families, spouses of others, employees etc. Each of those positions does come with its own perks hence, there are many things we feel we deserve, and because we do, we don’t see a need to be thankful when we receive them.
My dear, when we are constantly in a state of zero appreciation for the things we receive, it will only be a matter of time before the desire of others to keep giving to us begins to decline.
Remember # ‘Thank you’ may just be two words, but it weighs a lot more