Where are the nine?
In our Gospel for tomorrow Jesus meets ten lepers who are crying out (from the appropriate distance), "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" Jesus did have mercy on them, and told them to do the lawful thing and go show themselves to the priests so they could be "officially" declared to be clean. In so doing they would be able to re-enter society and not be sequestered as before.
As they went away they all saw that they were healed, but only one returned to thank Jesus. And that person was an outsider - a "Samaritan."
Giving thanks to God is a right and proper thing to do. If we take God's grace for granted, we might start thinking we are entitled to it. If we were entitled to it, grace would no longer be grace.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek