14 Oct 2007
Naaman went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of Elisha, the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
Then Naaman returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before Elisha and said, â€˜Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant.â€™ But he said, â€˜As the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will accept nothing!â€™ He urged him to accept, but he refused. Then Naaman said, â€˜If not, please let two mule-loads of earth be given to your servant; for your servant will no longer offer burnt-offering or sacrifice to any god except the Lord.
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee.
As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, â€˜Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!â€™ When he saw them, he said to them, â€˜Go and show yourselves to the priests.â€™ And as they went, they were made clean.
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesusâ€™ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, â€˜Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?â€™
Then he said to him, â€˜Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.