Cycle C Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s first reading we here of Naaman. What is important for us to remember is Naaman is not an Israelite. He is there because one of his servants is, and recommended he go to visit Elisha. Naaman’s cleansing reminds us that our God is the God of all peoples, not just Jews, Christians or Muslims. He cares for everyone who is willing to listen to his words and his prophets. As Mother Angelica of EWTN once said, “Sometimes God asks us to do the ridiculous in order for him to do the impossible.” The psalm reiterates this when we say, “The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.”
As we become believers in God’s saving power and become his disciples we are called to do as Naaman did, follow God’s directives, even though it didn’t make sense. Are we willing to do as God has asked of us? Even if it hurts? Even if it means being ostracized by our friends? Even if it means getting fired from our job? We too are called to be witnesses, (martyrs) for Christ.
The Gospel reminds us of our need to say ”Thank you” to God. How often do we take for granted the blessings around us? Today we hear of ten lepers, who like Naaman were seeking a cure. While all ten were Israelites, it appears that nine were Jewish and one was Samaritan. After being cleansed only the Samaritan came back to thank Jesus. As you remember Samaritans were among the “bad people” for most Jews in Jesus’ time. Like Naaman, though he was a foreigner, he appreciated what God had done. Do we thank God for every blessing? Wouldn’t we be on our knees all day long for such? How often are we too busy, tired or irritated with the Church leaders to assemble on Sunday to give glory and thanks to God?

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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