Prophets like Jeremiah are not usually considered bearers of good news, but in this passage today Jeremiah brings words of support and suggestions of actions that would make the Jews’ time of exile in Babylon more pleasant and help them make the most constructive use of their time. In our Gospel passage Jesus heals ten lepers. Yet, only one of the lepers comes to thank Jesus for this amazing healing—and that one is a Samaritan, someone who is not expected to think fondly of a Jewish healer. What do you think the other nine lepers who were healed did? – Rev. Jan Parke

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