Resurrectional Gospel lesson
IN THOSE DAYS, as Jesus entered a certain village, ten lepers approached Him. Keeping their distance, they called out, 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 the lepers, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He fell down on his face at the feet of Jesus, giving Him thanks. And this man was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten cleansed? But where are the other nine? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then Jesus said to the man, “Arise and go on your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Gospel lesson for the Feast of Saint Nicholas
IN THOSE DAYS, Jesus came down them and stood on a level place. A number of His disciples and a great crowd of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon came to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. Those who were troubled by unclean spirits also came, and they were healed. And the whole crowd desired to touch Him because power came out from Him and healed them all. Then Jesus looked up at His disciples, and said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people will hate you, and when they will exclude you and mock you, and cast out your name as evil for the sake of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.”
Saint Athanasius the Great of Alexandria:
Jesus loved the one who was thankful, but He was angry with the ungrateful ones because they did not acknowledge their Deliverer. They thought more highly of their cure from leprosy than of Him Who had healed them. Actually, this one [the healed leper] was given much more than the rest. Besides being healed of his leprosy, he was told by the Lord, "Arise and go on you way. Your faith has made you well." You see, those who give thanks and those who glorify have the same kind of feelings. They bless their Helper for the benefits they have received. That is why Paul urged everybody to "glorify God with your body" (1 Corinthians 6:20). Isaiah also commanded, "Give glory to God" (Isaiah 42:12).
And Saint Ambrose of Milan comments on the second reading:
When Jesus comes down, He finds the weak, for the weak cannot be high up. First each was healed, so that little by little, with increasing virtue, he could ascend to the mountain. On the plain Jesus heals each, that is, He calls them back from recklessness. He turns away the harm of blindness. He descends to heal our wounds, so that in an effective and abundant manner He makes us partakers in His heavenly nature.