Saturday, October 13, 2007
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - C
2 KINGS 5:14-17
So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the
man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean
like that of a young boy. Then Naaman and all his attendants went back
to the man of God. He stood before him and said, "Now I know that
there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept now a
gift from your servant." The prophet answered, "As surely as the LORD
lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing." And even though
Naaman urged him, he refused. "If you will not," said Naaman, "please
let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can
carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and
sacrifices to any other god but the LORD.
2 TIMOTHY 2:8-13
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.
This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being
chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained. Therefore I
endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain
the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a
trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will
also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he
cannot disown himself.
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between
Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had
leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud
voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said,
"Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were
cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising
God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him-
and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where
are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God
except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith
has made you well."
"He was spurned and avoided and we held him in no esteem. Yet it was
our infirmities that he bore, our suffering that he endured." (Isaiah
In today's Gospel, where Jesus heals ten lepers and only one returns
to thank him, is a passage most of us can best relate to. Just as
Jesus did so much for the ten lepers, so he has done for us and our
world. And our response - for the most part, is a lot like the
response of the ten lepers. Only one out of ten of us take the time to
give thanks to Jesus.
And here, it is only fair to say that the reason we don't take time to
thank Jesus is not because we are evil, or mean, or defensive like the
man on the yacht. Rather, it is simply because we get so involved in
our everyday hustle and bustle that we forget all about Jesus and how
much he does for us every day.
There's a striking story of an old tyrannical king - an all-powerful
king. He was able to impose his will on his subjects in all things.
All things except one - He was unable to destroy their belief in God.
So he summoned his three wisest advisers. "Tell me," he said, "Where
can I hide this people's God so that they will not be able to find
Said the first wise man, "Hide their God beyond the farthest star;
there they will not find Him."
"Not so," said the second wise man, "One day these people will
discover how to fly beyond the stars, that day they will find their
God. Rather, hide Him on the floor of the ocean."
"No," said the third wise man, "One day these people may learn how to
swim to the bottom of the ocean; that day they will find their God.
Rather, hide Him in the everyday lives of the people; there no one
will ever find Him."
And this brings us to an important point. How does all this apply in a
practical way to our lives? What message do the stories of the
ungrateful man on the yacht and the ungrateful lepers in the Gospel,
and the tyrannical king hold for us?
The issue is - is your life a constant Eucharist? A Biblical
thanksgiving - a response: a response to God's self-revealing, His
mighty deeds in history, His gifts to His people, His kindness to each
man and woman. This presence of God, this action of God never stops.
He is always here. He is always active - in the world - in the Church
- in us. And so our response - discovery, awareness, wonder,
expression - must itself be a continual thanksgiving. Otherwise God
will indeed be a hidden God, hidden in the routine and in the rat race
of daily life, in the insensitivity and unawareness, of our daily
Today's readings leave us with challenging questions - If a man or
woman were searching for God, would that man or woman find Him in your
We are invited us to pray this prayer - paraphrased from George
"You, who have given us so much.
Mercifully grant us one thing more - a grateful heart."
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Conchita Tan
- Tom Diokno
... for the personal intentions of:
- Fred and Nel de Leon and family
- Lanne Mulat
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dr. Jose Lim
- Lilian D Kahn
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Espie Sim
... for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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