As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”Luke 17:11-19
What does gratitude have to do with faith? The Samaritan who returned to Jesus, thanking and glorifying God for his bodily healing, received spiritual healing as well. Gratitude and faith are intertwined.
Faith binds us to our Creator, to whom an infinite debt is owed for life, as a child to his or her parents. The felicitous response is gratitude. Existence is permeated with gratitude. Since the dawn of creation, to be is to be grateful, as one creature after another leapt into being in praise of God (Genesis 1).
The grateful Samaritan, restored to wholeness, received shalom in faith and thanksgiving.