Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time—C
As Christians, we are called to be a people of gratitude. And to be truly grateful, we must take the time to remember all that God has done for us. As St. Paul says in today’s second reading: “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead.”
In the first reading, Naaman the Syrian, after having been cleansed of his leprosy, remembers to give praise to God, and in Luke’s Gospel, the Samaritan, healed by Jesus along with nine other lepers, is the only one to remember to glorify God. Jesus tells him, “Your faith has saved you.”
It is important to recognize that diseases such as leprosy were associated with sin in an ancient world not acquainted with our modern medical advances. So these texts, as do so many others in Scripture, point to something beyond miraculous physical cures. They speak of God’s desire to heal us spiritually. What’s more, they present the theme of universal salvation. Both Naaman and the Samaritan were not only lepers, but foreigners and outsiders. They were not considered a part of God’s people. Yet they were healed because God’s generosity excludes no one.
As God’s people today, do we remember that generosity, and express daily through lives of faith our gratitude for the God who heals all?