Thursday, 20 March 2014

Seeing from the outside




Luke 17:11-19
Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers
 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus 'feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Sometimes it takes the outsider
to really see
to grasp the momentum 
of an occasion
to gauge the impact
with accuracy.
It takes someone
outside of the crowd
to pick up the cues.
When those on the inside
are too busy
being blinded by tradition
and expectation
the outsider
grasps the import
and closes in
to maximise the potential
and realise the blessing.
Fresh eyes
go a long way
to bringing new perspective
and alerting others
to the miracles
being played out
right in our midst.
Sometimes "the foreigner"
just gets it
bringing fresh vision
and renewed energy.
May we look
for those moments
when "foreigners"
show us the way.

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