There for the Taking
There for the Taking
I had the opportunity to do my hospital ministry during seminary at Shattuck Hospital. It was one of the poorest hospitals in the Boston area. There was an abundance of spiritual need and people seeking answers. One day a staff member of the Tuberculosis floor wanted to talk about theology, he was a devout Calvinist Protestant. I thought we would find a common ground to speak about, that topic being that we are the co-workers the laborers with the work of God the Father.
We spoke and this hospital worker questioned the amount of work God was doing versus the amount of work he was doing. A passive approach to the spiritual life in where God does everything is a faith for the ancient and apostolic Christianity. A passive spirit, a less than engaged approach to the Kingdom of God can leave us in the position to be unable to recognize what we want from God even when it drops into our very hands.
Today in the Gospel, Christ heals ten lepers. All ten received a miracle and were touched by the Power of the Most High and only one returned to give thanks. When Christ healed them he did not simply tell them to go on about their way, rather he sends them to the Priests at the Temple. There is something they must actively do, an active command to follow. Only one is attentive enough in this task to even notices that a miracle has occurred.
If you suffered from a chronic and debilitating illness, would you not notice if it were suddenly gone? This man is far from passive, he is actively going, he receives the miracles takes another action and goes back to Christ.
It is not that God’s Grace is not poured out, the problem is that we are content to sit back and do little in response. How we respond is as important as the gift. We bring our pain and wait to be healed but what we want from God is there not just for the receiving; but for the taking.
This man, this one man in ten. Is that not 10%, Spiritually the number for a tithe a portion set aside for God.
Originally Recorded: January 25, 2017
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