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Weekly Moravian Message, Oct. 13, 2013


Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
October 13, 2013

Being made well

I attended a milestone high-school reunion this year, and my tenth wedding anniversary is coming up, so relationships are on my mind. Today’s Gospel has something to say about relationships.

Even the lepers, who are outcasts, are ten gathered together. Probably, despite isolation from the rest of society, they are finding community among one another. These ten, when Jesus came near, cried out to him, but they didn’t ask for livestock, a fine home, riches, or even healing. Instead, they cried, “Have mercy on us.” They weren’t asking individually; they were seeking Jesus’ mercy together. The dictionary defines mercy as kindness, compassion, favor; all represent relationship. What are our requests of God? Material things? Or relationship-with God, with others, with self?

Jesus sent all ten away to show themselves to the priests. It took faith for them to go, because they had not yet been healed. The healing came when they trusted Jesus and did as he instructed. How much more could we be “healed” if we did the same?

As they were healed, don’t you wonder how they reacted? Did they stop, amazed at the healing in themselves and each other? Did they race to see who could get to the priest first? Regardless, nine went on their way, but one turned back and praised God in a loud voice and thanked Jesus. All nine were healed physically, but that one (a Samaritan no less!) was also “made well.”

Too often our prayer and worship become about what we can “get” from the church, from God. Instead, even in the most difficult times, we are to focus on praising and thanking God, and seeking deeper relationships. May we all thus be “made well”!

Sandra Crase, pastor, Freedom Moravian Church, Appleton, Wisconsin

Moravian Daily Texts


Wednesday, November 22 — Psalm 131
Daniel 9:1–10:7; Jude 1:11–25

O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever. Psalm 28:9

Jesus says, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” John 10:16

Good Shepherd, so often as a church we look to those outside our own community as “other.” May we let go of our pride and work together with all people so we will be one flock under your leadership. Amen.

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