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*Image: Healing of the Lepers at Capernaum (Guérison des lépreux à Capernaum) by James Tissot, c. 1890 [Brooklyn Museum, NY]

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, March 2, 2023

Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. …

It really happened, it wasn’t a parable, that once Jesus healed ten lepers, but only one returned to give thanks.  It happened in God’s design, and Luke took care to record it (17:11-19), to teach us something.  But what?

Perhaps, that Our Lord prefers to do good quietly: he made no fuss about healing them but simply told them to show themselves to the priest.  Maybe, that we easily take past blessings for granted – only the Samaritan returned.  Surely, too, that we are likely to be even less grateful for forgiveness than for bodily healing. …

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