June 16, 2015

2 Corinthians 6_3

Luke 17:11-19, 2 Corinthians 6:3-13

While in the navy, once my ship was securely docked in Port Au Prince, Haiti, children began swimming alongside begging us to “Throw me a nickel Joe!” As we tossed coins to them, the kids dove deep, scooping the money in their mouths. It seemed entertaining at first, but I quickly realized their skill meant this small change was tremendously important.

Haiti’s citizens are among the world’s poorest, suffering from hunger, thirsting for clean water and facing life threatening disease. Haiti is the sort of place where one goes only if on a mission. In our text, Jesus is in such a place. Jewish travelers avoided Samaria and its many border towns. Jesus is on a mission when he encounters ten lepers and instructs them to show themselves to the priest.

For one man, showing himself to the priest wouldn’t change his status; he was a despised Samaritan. Returning to Jesus, however, makes the difference. A Samaritan would not find favor in the synagogue, but the thankful one could find favor with God.

Mission happens for the sake of others, regardless of where they are from. If we think we are above those who occupy the margins, we are just as unclean. Ten were cleansed; one was thankful.

Prayer: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to June 16, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Having a mission in the southern Philippines, we see the hunger also. With no welfare, they are forced to find ways to care for themselves and family. As Americans, we do not realize that we are the wealthiest, top 20 percentile in the world. But, within all that, those poor people do not know that they are so poor and as a rule, they are more friendly and always have a smile. Why is it that wealth can make us sad? The more we have, the less happy we are.

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