Leper Lectio

Last night we did a ‘lectio divina’ using the passage below. We followed this format and it seemed that God spoke to different people in different ways.

(Luke 17:11-19 NIV) Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. {12} As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance {13} and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” {14} When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. {15} One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. {16} He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan. {17} Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? {18} Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” {19} Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

The phrase that stuck with me was ‘they stood at a distance’ (v.12), but I wasn’t able to articulate why, or what God was calling me to do.

I feel one of the real values of the lectio process is that now I get to chew that thru for a few days / weeks and ask God ‘what are you saying?’

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