Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story. Please read the summaries, look up the story online, in your Bible, or a children’s Bible, and begin the discussion. Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development. What a gift to provide a child! Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories.
The Ten Lepers
This week’s Gospel told the story of Jesus’ encounter with the ten lepers. In it, we hear how Jesus encountered 10 lepers on his journey to Jerusalem, who begged him for mercy. Lepers were condemned to a sad life, they were not allowed to live in the towns because people were afraid of catching their disease. Jesus took pity on the ones who called to him and sent them to see the priests. When they realized they had been cured, nine of the lepers rushed to the priests and home to their families, happy that they no longer had to live all alone. Only one went back to Jesus and thanked him.
Our lessons the last few weeks have all focused on how we treat those around us. We have been talking about how we follow God’s teachings when we serve those in need and how sharing our faith with others will help strengthen the church and God’s Kingdom. This week, however, we are reminded that we have another important relationship, our relationship with God.
Often, like the nine men in our story, we can forget all the good things that God gives us. Sometimes we don’t even realize that God has blessed us with something until we lose it. For example, we don’t realize how important it is to have a healthy body until we get sick. Just as we need to say thank you when someone helps us, so too must we always remember to thank God for all that he does to help us.
Table Talk Questions
- I wonder what it would have been like to be a leper and never be allowed to go near other people?
- I wonder why people were afraid of going near the lepers?
- I wonder how the lepers had heard about Jesus?
- I wonder how the lepers felt when they were healed?
- I wonder why the other nine lepers didn’t come back to say thank you?
- I wonder what the leper who came back, said to Jesus?
- I wonder what would you have said to Jesus?