13 October 2019. 28 Sunday of Ordinary Time. Cycle C.
This Sunday’s first reading tells us how Naaman, a commander of the Syrian army, listened to the word of the prophet Elisha, bathed in the Jordan River and was cured of leprosy. From then on, only the Lord will be his God.
Also, the Gospel tells us how Jesus healed 10 lepers, but only one of them, a foreigner like Naaman, returns to give thanks for his healing. That will be his salvation.
This Word this Sunday makes it clear that the trusting prayer (“Jesus, Lord, have mercy on us…”) has a lot of power. Especially if it is a prayer that reflects our personal condition and our weaknesses. It also teaches us that God’s mercy does not exclude anyone, whatever their condition, and that this forces us as believers to offer the peace and salvation we have received from God. And, above all other things, that we must recover the gift of gratitude, that we sometimes forget.
We need grace to touch our heart to welcome in both an affective and effective way those who cross our path. Many of them teach us to be grateful.
Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf