Tuesday, November 13, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
November 14, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Joseph Pignatelli, Priest
Ti 3: 1 - 7 / Lk 17: 11 - 19
Born in Saragossa, Spain, St. Joseph Pignatelli (1737- 1811) worked tirelessly for the restoration of the Society of Jesus which had been suppressed by Pope Clement XIV in 1773 (Dominus ac Redemptor). He was Provincial of Italy from 1803 until his death. The Society of Jesus was restored world-wide in 1814.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Ti 3: 3- Sa
We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient and misled. We were slaves of our desires, seeking pleasures of every kind. We lived in malice and envy, hateful and hating each other.
But God our Savior revealed his eminent goodness and love for humankind and saved us, not because of good deeds we may have done but for the sake of his own mercy.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 17: 11 - 19
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along the border between Samaria and Galilee, and as he entered a village ten lepers came to meet him. Keeping their distance, they called on him, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" Then Jesus said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." Now, as they went their way, they found they were cured.
One of them, as soon as he saw he was cleansed, turned back praising God in a loud voice, and throwing himself on his face before Jesus, he gave him thanks. This man was a Samaritan.
Then Jesus said, "Were not all ten healed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God but this alien?" And Jesus said to him, "Stand up and go your way; your faith has saved you."
In the first reading Paul summarizes how God has saved us "not because of good deeds we may have done but for the sake of his own mercy.."
In the Gospel reading the Lord cures ten lepers. Only one returns to thank and praise God and this one was a Samaritan, "Were not all ten healed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God but this alien?"
Only one of the ten cured of their leprosy came back to thank Jesus. His was the complete healing because of his deep faith and gratitude. This one was a Samaritan, an outcast not only because of his leprosy but also because of his different background. Luke wished to point out the ingratitude of Jesus' own people in contrast with that of the Samaritan, "Was no one found to return and give praise to God but this alien?"
What makes us remiss in expressing gratitude and praise to God for all the good gifts he has given us? Are we just too busy? Do we not appreciate the goodness of his gifts, that our life and all else are his free loving gifts to us? Or do we feel at times that these talents and achievements are really ours, and ours alone?
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Spiro Lu Clemente
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Chan Ha & Lo Ching Kin
Maria See Co (23 Mar 1916 - 14 Nov 2007)
Chao Thian Siu (21 Jan 1913 - 14 Nov 1983)
Have a good day!
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