We see in the first reading Naaman who was sick with leprosy; he followed with faith and humility what was told to him by Elisha a man of God. Elisha told him to plunged into the Jordan seven times and he did it with faith and humility. He never questioned what Elisha told him to do he simply followed it.
After his healing he gratefully went to Elisha to signify his appreciation for his healing.
In our gospel, while Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem His attention was caught from afar by ten men who was shouting with faith: Jesus master! Have pity on us! It was not their collective shouting that caught His attention it was their infinite faith that caught Jesus’ attention.
As a result the ten of them were healed but not all of them were humble and grateful enough to appreciate the healing that they received from Jesus. Amongst them it was only the Samaritan (a foreigner) who went back to Jesus to express his appreciation.
Thus Jesus said to the Samaritan: "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Why did Jesus asked for the other nine (9)? Was Jesus expecting them to say thanks to him because He wants to be honored? Of course not!
Jesus was looking for the other nine because He wanted to see if they have the virtue of humility and gratefulness. He wanted to see if these virtues were already implanted in their hearts, unfortunately it was not for they did not return.
What is the application of today’s first reading and gospel in our lives? First is this: we must always have faith in Jesus, no matter what storms we encounter in our lives we must always have faith, we must not lose it!
Second: We must always humble ourselves before God by way of following His will for us and not our own will for ourselves which is always selfish.
Third: We must always be grateful to God for the countless blessings and miracles that He continuously to bestow upon us. We may not notice it but everyday we receive little and big blessings from God. For example: the food on the table that He daily gives us, the health that we have, the new life that He gives us every morning. These to some are trivial but these are blessings from God that we forget to realize.
Therefore let us always be cognizant of the fact that we must always have faith no matter our life’s weather. We must always be humble before Him and our fellowmen for the reason that humility is the gateway for having more blessings from God and lastly we must always be thankful for the little and big miracles that happens in our lives.