Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time C THE TEN LEPERS.
Do we thank God?
Do we thank God?
- Gratitude is the attitude which leads one to a life of faith. The more we thank God, the more He grants us graces to believe, hope and love.
- “The Law of Moses laid down, to prevent the spread of the disease, that lepers should live away from other people and should let it be known that they were suffering from this disease (cf. Lev 13:45-46). This explains why they did not come right up to Jesus and his group, but instead begged his help by shouting from a distance (Commentary, Navarre Gospel of St. Luke).”
- What was Our Lord’s response? Jesus did not ignore the prayer of the lepers. He ordered them to go to the priests to have their cure certified (cf. Lev l4:2ff), and to perform the rites laid down.
- And the lepers obeyed, being obedience a sign of their faith in Jesus’ words. And, in fact, soon after setting out they are cleansed.
- However, only one returned to give thanks to Jesus. And He was a Samaritan! This led Jesus to “lament” on the lack of gratitude of the other nine lepers who were cured.
- Do we give him thanks many times during the day? Do we go to Him only when we need something? Or are we like the other nine healed lepers, who after getting what they want, immediately forget about God?
- Let us then be more grateful to God and thank Him many times during the day, but in order to do so, let us also ask for the virtue of humility. We need to be more humble, for humility leads one to acknowledge that all we have and all that we are comes from God. Pride, on the other hand, rejects any acknowledgement of the favors and gifts one has received, thinking that he is entitled and has merited all of them.
- Thank Him for everything, even those things or situations which men consider infortune (illness, problems etc), since through them, Jesus gives us an opportunity to share His sufferings on the Cross. Like St. Paul, in the 2nd reading (2 Tm 2:8–13) may we learn to bear and offer all our sufferings in this life in union with Christ so as to “obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.”
- Let us also live the virtue of gratitude not only to God but also to the people around us, for the good they do and the service they provide, even if we do not know them.
28TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME MASS PRAYERS AND READINGS YEAR C
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