Sunday 09 October 2022
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Year C
This week’s readings focus on showing gratitude for the gifts we receive from God.
In the Book of Kings, we hear of Naaman returning to show his gratitude to Elisha for telling him how to be cleansed from the scourge of leprosy. Not only that, but Elisha refuses to accept any personal reward; he was simply grateful to God for the gift of healing that he had been given. And in turn, Naaman promises to show his gratitude by “offering sacrifices to no other god except the Lord.”
In Luke’s Gospel, we hear the story of the ten lepers cured; but only one of whom returned to give thanks – and he was a Samaritan. A double message in this parable; the need for us all to give thanks for the blessings of the Lord, and that the “Foreigners” (the hated Samaritans!)can also be saved , as well – or instead of – the unworthy Jews.
Then Paul, in his letter to Timothy, manages to show his gratitude for the chance to suffer in chains, so that he can show that “they cannot chain up God’s Good News”.
And don’t overlook the Psalm! “Sing a new song to the Lord!” we are told, for He has brought salvation, together with justice and truth.
Just think how much we all have to be thankful for!!
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