Tag Archives: Leprosy

Thanks for the Healing

James Tissot - Healing of the Ten Lepers

Jesus sure has a lot of adventures. I think I should travel with him for awhile.

I’d have all kinds of things to put on my blog.

Maybe I could pretend that His adventures were really mine.

What do you mean that wouldn’t work?

I bet I could do miracles if I tried.

I licked you ankle once and it got better.

Okay, I’ll listen to the story.


On His way to Jerusalem Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.


Is that a long ways away? Do I have to go all that way to have adventures with Jesus?

Maybe He could come over here.

I am listening.


As Jesus was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”


Good thing they stayed at a distance. I bet Jesus didn’t want to catch leprosy from them.

Yes, I’m listening.


When Jesus saw them He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan.


Was that like the good Samaritan?

What? The Jews didn’t like the Samaritans and Jesus was a Jew?

That Samaritan must have been pretty brave to come back.


Jesus asked the Samaritan, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then He said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”


I wonder if faith works for other things besides making people well.

I have faith that I will get treats.

If I close my eyes and say, “My faith has brought me treats,” will it work?

Hey! I don’t see any treats here.

My faith has brought me treats. My faith has brought me treats.


Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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Leaping Away

Christ cleansing a leper

Christ cleansing a leper by Jean-Marie Melchior Doze, 1864

Wait a minute, person. I’m almost finished with all that fish in the boat.

I had to work really hard to eat all that. It took me two weeks. There were a lot of fish.

Okay, I’m ready for another story now. Maybe about some water so I can wash all those fish down.

What? No water? You’re telling me a story about a man who leapt around all day?

He leaped everywhere and couldn’t stop leaping so he asked Jesus to heal him?

I leap around a lot too, but I don’t want Jesus to heal me. Leaping is fun.

Oh. The man didn’t leap, he had leprosy? What kind of a thing is that? It sounds like leaping to me.


The man had a really bad skin disease called leprosy. In Jesus’ day people with this disease had to stay far away from other people and if anyone started coming near to them they had to shout, “Unclean, unclean.”


Couldn’t they take a bath so they were clean again?

I’m listening.


Their disease was what made them unclean. People were afraid to touch them because they were concerned that they might get the disease too.

This man came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.


Jesus touched him? I thought you said you couldn’t touch those people because you might get that leaping disease.

I am too listening.


Jesus said, “I am willing. Be clean!”

Immediately the leprosy left the man and he was healed.


Could that man still leap if he wanted to?

Okay, I’ll listen.


Jesus told the man not to tell anyone, but to show himself to the priest. In those days lepers went to the priest when they were healed and the priest was the one who declared them clean.

But the man leaped around and told everyone what Jesus had done for him. Crowds of people came to have Jesus heal them and Jesus often had to withdraw into lonely places in order to pray.


Do you think any of those people who came to be healed brought any fish with them?

I know I ate a lot of fish. But I’m going to need some more tomorrow.


Posted by on March 10, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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