Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 14, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7
A reflection on today's Scripture:
As they were going, they were cleansed . . . .
It's important to hop to the end of the story and realize the outcome before we begin to think about what we are told. Ten were healed, ten were freed from the terrible scourge of leprosy, but only one returned to thank Jesus for it and only one was told, "Your faith has saved you."
Jesus grants us a great many gifts in the course of a lifetime. Family, friends, a home, useful work today, a beautiful world in which to live, all things for which we should be thankful every day. And many of us are. But how many occasions do we let slip by where we do not thank God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us? How many different ways do we fail to love Him?
Jesus healed the ten lepers. It is never said that He took back the healing from the nine who did not return. They were obedient to what Jesus said. They went to the Priests, returned to the community, and very likely began to forget the horror of their disease once it was removed. Once Jesus was out of sight, He was out of mind.
This story reminds us that in our journey it is good to return frequently to Him who gives us all good things and thank and praise Him for His wonderful generosity. Our faith, a great spiritual gift, not the physical gifts, is what ultimately brings us to the salvation who is Jesus Christ.
- JuandelaCruz |
Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
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