Were Not Ten Made Clean? Luke 17:11-19

Ten Lepers, Bill Hoover

Luke 17:11-19

11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Remember a recent time when you were made clean with your brothers and sisters and you returned to Jesus to give thanks.
  • How is it to lay prostrate, submit, and let praise and joy emerge from you?
  • Notice the release and freedom that brings you to wholeness, completeness, shalom.
  • If there is any lingering judgment in you, name this and be freed from its grip on you.
  • Rest in the freedom and embrace of the love of God.
  • Remember a recent time when you were made clean with your brothers and sisters and you missed the opportunity to lay prostrate at the feet of Jesus.
  • Name the feelings residing in you.
  • Resist the temptation to let judgment overtake you. Lay prostrate at the feet of Jesus, submit, and let praise and joy emerge from you?
  • Notice the release and freedom that brings you to wholeness, completeness, shalom.
  • If there is any lingering judgment in you, name this and be freed from its grip on you.
  • Rest in the freedom and embrace of the love of God.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 13, 2019, the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-12
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction certification, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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