We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This event is yet another instance in which Jesus makes it abundantly clear that it is only through a sincere profession of faith in, and appropriate gratitude to Him and His salvific work that anyone can be "made whole." Since nobody in this present life can be accurately described as "whole," the message is clear that "wholeness" awaits only in eternity for His followers. It is of no moment that the nine who failed to return and express gratitude and faith were of the Chosen People, nor that the one who did so was a Samaritan, a people who were scorned by the Jews as being apostates. Jesus, notably, did not condemn the nine ungrateful Jews whom He had also healed, but merely inferred regret for their failure to acknowledge Him, inasmuch as that sealed their eternal fate, regardless of any earthly merit in being a follower of Judaism. His example is of contemporary value.
Steve (retired/recovering lawyer)