Jesus’ mission includes making the unclean clean again. Unexpectedly, a cleansed Samaritan leper (outcast) becomes a model for those who would praise and worship God and give thanks for God’s mercy. This Gospel reminds us that we too have been healed. The waters of baptism have healed us. The body and blood of Jesus in communion have made us clean. We have died with Christ and been raised with him. For all this we have returned to offer thanks. From this place we are sent on our way rejoicing to share the good news. How wonderful it is each time we receive the body and blood of our Savior in worship! It is a true Eucharist—a great thanksgiving—of what our Lord has given to us. Each time we feast on the bread and wine—the true presence of Christ—Christ fills us with good things: the forgiveness of sins and life eternal.