“Responding positively and with gratitude to God – acknowledging His Mercy – and raising our hearts to say, ‘Thank you, Lord!’”
(Based on 2 Kings 5:14-17, 2 Tim 2:8-13 and Lk 17:11-19 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C)
A catechism teacher conducted a small exercise in her 5th standard class on the Gospel Passage found in Lk 17:11-19 – the healing of the ten lepers.
She asked the students to tell what could be some of the reasons as to why the lepers did not return to thank Jesus.
The following were some of the reasons that emerged:
One waited to see if the cure was real
One waited to see if the healing would last
One said that actually, I was already fairly okay and it was just a matter of a few days, to be fine
One said that he would see Jesus later as he wanted to meet his family first
One began to contend that he never really had leprosy and it was only a minor patch
One was so excited that he began to tell to everyone on the way about the miracle, but forgot Jesus!
Well, we really do not know what the actual reasons were…
But the question is placed before all of us: “Are we going to be like the nine who found some excuses
and failed to thank the Lord?
… or can we be like the one who came back to thank the Lord?
The Gospel of the Day presents this interesting incident before us…
… reminding us to become persons of gratitude, to our Grateful and Generous God!
The healing of the ten lepers is a unique incident found only in the Gospel of St Luke.
This healing incident once again shows the Power of God’s Word – which goes beyond space and touch
When the lepers cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us,” the Lord just says to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” (Cf. Lk 17:13-14)
There is no stretching of the hand, no touch, no discussion about faith.
This teaches us an important lesson that God Heals in the way, He Wills!
Therefore, when we come to Him with our prayer of petitions, let us allow His Will to be done!
The Greek word, “Eleison” meaning “Have Mercy” is a cry of anguish beseeching for God’s Help!
It’s a word we use at the start of the Holy Mass – pointing to our cry and longing for God’s Mercy!
The question of the Lord, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?”(Lk 17:17) is not just a question to know the physical presence of those who were healed…
… It is a cry of the Heart of God Who longs for human beings
In the book of Genesis, we read God asking, “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9)
From the Cross, our Blessed Lord cried out, “I thirst!” (Jn 19:28)
In the last book of the Bible, the Lord, tells, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Rev 3:20)
… the Lord longs to have our presence with Him!
… the Lord misses us much, when we fail to go to Him!
God, in His Benevolence, blesses us with so many good things in our life… so many Graces!
We have a duty to respond by offering our heart filled with gratitude and a life of thankful service
As the beautiful hymn goes, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise what the Lord has done!”
In the Old Testament, we read about Naaman, the Syrian (Cf. 2 Kings 5:14-17), who marvellously experienced the power of God in his life…
… and who returns back in gratitude to Elisha, through whom God had worked mightily!
Yes… in life, we often face many “leprous situations” of sicknesses, tragedies, tensions etc
Amidst all these uncertainties of life, can we still “raise our hearts to God in gratitude” and tell Him, “Thank you Lord for everything!”
It is beautifully said, “It is not too difficult to praise the Lord when all goes on well. But amid hardships and difficulties, can we still raise our hands and say, ‘Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!’”
St Francis de Sales, the Doctor of Love, teaches us: “If it is God’s Will that the remedies overcome the sickness, return to God with thanks and humility; if it be God’s Will that the sickness overcome the remedies, bless God with patience!”
Let us respond positively and with gratitude to God …
… Acknowledging His Mercy, let us raise our hearts and say,
“Thank you, Lord!”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
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THE EUCHARIST IN THE ECONOMY OF SALVATION – The presence of Christ by the power of his word and the Holy Spirit
The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.
Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ. (CCC #1377)