“What have you done for me lately?”
That is a phrase that brings back a lot of memories of the 80s. Yeah the Big 80s: moussed hair , Wayfarers and Members Only jackets. Though I enjoyed that time of my life moussed hair was not my thing; I didn’t wear Wayfarers because everyone else did; I did have a Member’s Only jacket – which if still in existence is being worn by a 90-year-old guy someplace. Funny how fashion changes.
Regardless, that line brings back memories – even if I was/am not a Janet Jackson fan. I think Eddie Murphy got far better mileage out of the line in his comedy routine.
However, the line is good and fits perfectly the gospel text of Jesus Cleansing the Lepers The Lord does something miraculous and life changing for the lepers and nine of the ten do not thank him. Only one is grateful. Are we not that way? Do we really have gratitude for the way in which Jesus changes our lives, makes us clean and no longer untouchable by God? Or do we just say, “What have you done for me lately?”
Lord Jesus, we give thanks you cleanse us daily and make us whole in the eyes of God. By the power of the Holy Spirit we come daily to the baptismal promise made by you that if we repent and ask in faith you will forgive us our sins. Help us to appreciate what you have done for us and help us to see this as more than enough so that we will never ask, “What have you done for me lately.” AMEN.