Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 14, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
2 Timothy 2:8-13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Despite the fact that God had chosen the Jewish people as His very own, He was disappointed at their lack of faith and trust in Him and their lack of gratitude for His favors.
There are two great stories this Sunday in which God clearly points out that "outsiders" were more trusting in God's healing power and more grateful for His favors than were His chosen people.
The First Reading is really a shortened version of the very exciting story of God's healing an "outsider" named Naaman, a foreign military commander, who had contracted leprosy. In desperation, he turned to the conquered king of Israel for a cure. Fearful of a plot, the king sent him to the prophet Elisha who told him to wash seven times in the Jordan River.
At first, Naaman refused, but then swallowed his pride and obeyed the prophet. As soon as he entered the waters, his leprosy was cured! Immensely grateful, he was converted, and worshiped the God of Israel. Apparently, this Syrian had more faith in God's power than the Jews had!
A similar theme is found in today's famous Gospel about the ten lepers. Because their disease, incurable at the time, was contagious, lepers were shunned by all and looked down upon as great sinners.
The disciples must have been appalled when Jesus showed these outcasts such compassion. When He sent them to the priests for official reinstatement into society, He also healed them during their journey. One of them, a Samaritan, returned immediately, and fell down in thankful adoration at Jesus' feet.
St. Luke emphasizes how disappointed the master was that only one of them came back. "Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
God loves all people without exception, but He expects much more from those to whom He has granted the fullness of His revelation, His special love, and the privilege of being called His followers.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
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