Through prayer, we can give God the honor and glory that he deserves. We can also get what our souls are in need of. And that is great that we need to grow in virtue. It is why we have commanded to pray always and frequently because God wants us to become holy.
We also saw humility is essential. A lack of humility will result in our prayers not being praise at all but they would be the complete opposite of a prayer which is meant to glorify God. For it to be mocking God instead of disease.
Then today we are taught about the importance of being grateful for what we have received in prayer. In today's Gospel, we have our Lord walking towards Jerusalem and just outside a certain city.
He was met by ten men by ten lepers. Leprosy is a terrible disease. It is caused by bacteria and starts as an infection of the nerves and of the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and then progresses to the skin to skin to the nerves to the limbs and to the eyes causing permanent damage. It also compromises the body's defense.
So many secondary infections start and those can even cause body parts to fall off. There was no cure for it then which made it a truly awful disease and a terrible way to die. It is easy then to see why. Under the Mosaic Law lepers are considered unclean and why they were cast out of towns and cities and lives alone.
Far from everybody this still happens today in fact in some countries like China and India where they have still fewer colonies. Yes, we spend more than two 2000 years ago came very close to this time. They knew who Christ was.
They had heard of his miracles and they knew that there was a chance that he will pass by where they were. So they waited and waited for our Lord's passing when they saw him. They approached and asked them for help. So let us see now than how they prayed.
The lepers were waiting for our Lord. They were restless and when they saw him they approached him. We had souls they restrained their happiness and their joy and stood back as the great commentator actress tells us. They stood as far off as if they are ashamed of the cleanliness imputed to them. They thought that like all other prices would be repelled by them because he was pure.
While they read disease they acknowledged their own cleanliness. The unworthy and they say to the waste because they were humble and they lifted devices and prayed.
And they said Jesus Master have mercy on us. They call him Master which is Lord by which they almost seem to think that he was God. They had faith so they had faith and they had the humility and as a result, their prayer was answered. Jesus commands them to go show themselves to the priest.
This was not the dismissal from him as if to say I don't want anything to do with you. Go away. No the law at that time commanded that those were made seem to go and offer a sacrifice for having been made Queen command them. Then to go to the priest meant nothing else that they were about to be made queen and so it happens that when they went on the way they were healed.
But what happens next. We are told that one of them when he saw that he was made clean went back and with a loud voice glorify God. And he fell on his face before he speaks. He was grateful.
The venerable beat makes this observation that the Samaritan fell on his face because he remembers the evils he had committed and was ashamed. He is pleasing to God and begins to rise and go on his way because we remain humble. Faith is increased by humility.
Notice how the grateful one the only one who came back and glorified God is a Samaritan a pagan the other nine were Israelites. They were the favored ones of God. They did and they did not remain humble and were ungrateful. And as a result, they lost the faith to their ruin.
Today's story is not a parable. It is a true story and it is a reminder to all of us. Like food like the Israelites had the faith and who receive always gracious from God. It is a reminder to remain humble and to thank God always for the great gifts and graces that we are receiving.
We were a disease like the lepers and were being made clean. When was the last time that we thank God for the graces that he's given us for the grace of back to him when he made us clean? For the grace of faith that we have and that we take for granted.
If pagans then can please God for their thankfulness for the very little that they have received much more then should we be thankful to have received much? Let us therefore brethren stay always humble.
Let us not pride ourselves on the gifts we have received and let us be a little little bit more grateful. Let us be more like the Samaritan member. May God bless you in the name of the Father the Son and of the Holy Ghost.