View all books of the Bible CHAPTER 1 1Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, a 2just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, b 3I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.
The story of the grateful Samaritan offers us another image of who and what matters to Jesus and should, therefore, matter to us.
The story draws attention to two important themes in Luke: The appropriate response to Jesus, a response of faithful recognition and gratitude. It is not unusual for the two to occur together in Luke; the marginalized seem well placed to see him for who he is as he has seen them for who they are.
In the introduction, we are reminded that Jesus has set his face to go to Jerusalem 9: He is in the region between Samaria and Galilee; Jesus frequents boundary spaces and is about to cross a social boundary again by his association with lepers and with a Samaritan.
As he enters a village, ten lepers approach calling out to him but keeping their distance because they are unclean.
They address him as master, a term used in every other instance in Luke by the disciples. Jesus immediately sends them to show themselves to the priests to confirm their healing, and en route they are in fact made clean, following the pattern of the earlier cleansing of a leper at 5: His attention to outsiders and marginalized people is evident from the start, and he highlights it in that speech, in response to which his hometown audience tries to throw him off a cliff.
Here, as in the story of Naaman the Syrian, the recipient of healing and grace is a foreigner although in an interesting twist we find that, in the case of Naaman, the prophet Elisha is from Samaria. This verb for thank is the one used when Jesus thanks God for the bread and cup at the last supper It is the basis for our word Eucharist.
Only after he prostrates himself in thanksgiving do we learn that the one who has turned back in this borderland is a Samaritan.
These unappealingly different and unwelcome outsiders, along with outsiders generally, are received positively by Jesus in Luke. We see this most notably in the parable of Samaria the place as opposed to Samaritans as a name for the peoplementioned in verse 11, is mentioned only here in Luke but is mentioned positively in Acts 1: Elsewhere in the NT it is only mentioned in John 4, again positively.
The heart of the story unfolds in three steps: Then each of the steps are interpreted by Jesus in ways that highlight his care for the marginalized and the rightness of the response of the Samaritan to this care: To respond rightly to Jesus is to praise and glorify God.
And this seems to come easiest to the people who have received most from Jesus, the ones who are otherwise ignored, scorned, untouched. As Jesus observes in the case of the anointing woman 7: Love that springs from gratitude is the essence of faith. There is no doubt something to be understood here about the people who live on the margins of our communities, who are treated as invisible or unlovely because of how they look or who they are or where they come from.
Jesus clearly notices and loves them and calls us to do the same. But we might also consider the parts of us that are hidden in the borderlands of ourselves where we may least want to be seen and most need to be touched.
Jesus, who is not afraid of borderlands, does not mind meeting us in those places, and it may be that by recognizing him there, we will find in our deepest selves a new outpouring of the grateful love that makes well.Luke With thanks to page sponsor Donald Pitches First Presbyterian Church, Carlstadt, NJ.
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