Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. (Luke 17:11-15)
When I was in kindergarten, I had a poor self-image. I was shy and had no social skills. It wasn’t fun to be ignored or picked on, but many children are because of personality, physical abnormalities, race, or language barrier. It was my destiny to become friends with the other shy girl. Throughout elementary school, we were miserable together.
As we carry our dreams and our baggage on our trip to Jerusalem with Jesus, we’re on the border of two regions of people who hate each other, the Samaritans and the Jews. Here at the border, the Jews and Samaritans, who have been discarded from their races, live and are friends because the misery of being lepers has united them. Jesus travels this border, recognizing no differences in us that would make us a leper. He has mercy on all and sends us on a mission. When we obey, He heals us. He sent the lepers to the priests because the priests will declare their cleanliness.
When we travel with Jesus, we need to leave our prejudices at the border, obey Him, identify our baggage, and connect with Jesus, saying, “Jesus, Master, have pity on me.” Then, God will cleanse us on our journey, helping us identify and ridding ourselves of dirt. Of course, Jesus’ blood covers all our sins, but on our journey He’ll free us from bad habits, addictions, and prejudices, so we don’t repeat them.
Dearest Heavenly Father, point out my prejudices and make me realize they are wrong. Help me leave them at the border. Have pity on me. Cleanse me of ___________. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.