Sermon – 13th October 2019

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Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity – 8 am service

Sunday 13th October 2019

Trininty 17 – Proper 23 – 8 am service
Jeremiah 29.1,4-7
Luke 17.11-19

Revd Preb Maureen Hobbs

Maureen Hoobs

So how many of us have experience of doing something for someone, who then forgot to say thank you?

How many of us have neglected to thank someone for something they’ve done for us?

That’s a more uncomfortable thought isn’t it?

However well we have been brought up, it’s almost certain that we’ve taken someone for granted at some time in our life.

The point of this story is that all ten of the lepers were cured… God does not discriminate between the grateful and the ungrateful, although I expect the others were grateful – it’s just that they got caught up with the excitement of realising that they were better and that the priest could certify it, which meant they could be restored to their families and community. Only the Samaritan did not have the same need… he realises on the way that they have all been cured and turns back to praise God and then to say thanks.

And he is the one that Jesus himself restores. He is the only one who is declared “well”. Which is so much more than just being cured. To be well means full restoration. He is the one who interacts directly with God in the person of Jesus… he gets the ultimate prize.

So will we go away today resolved always to say thank you? Will we remember always to praise God First? Will we be the ones to be declared well, or will we settle for just being cured?…