As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, he went along the
border between Samaria and Galilee. He was going
into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded
skin disease. They stood at a distance and shouted, "Jesus!
Master! Take pity on us!" Jesus saw them and said to them, "Go
and let the priests examine you." On the way they were made
clean. When one of them saw that he was healed, he
came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself to
the ground at Jesus' feet and thanked him. The man was a
Samaritan. Jesus said, "There were ten men who were healed;
where are the other nine? Why is this foreigner the only one
who came back to give thanks to God?" And Jesus said to him,
"Get up and go; your faith has made you well."
Saying 'thank-you' is very easy to do but very easy
to forget. This story from Jesus' life and shows how people
responded to him. In this case it is a Samaritan who thanks Jesus.
The disciples are surprised because, for them, the Samaritan people
did not have a 'true' or
'real' faith and yet only the Samaritan shows the right response
to the gift of health that Jesus has given.