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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 14, 2018

Wednesday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Wisdom 6:1-11

 Gospel LK 17:11-19


As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they were cleansed.  And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.  He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?  Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"  Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

  

Only a Samaritan

 

Jesus on his way to Jerusalem meets a group of lepers. There were ten of them. As per social rules of the time they were living as outcasts, since they were infected with an incurable disease. They cried out: Jesus, Master, have pity on us. Jesus was moved with compassion.


He instructed them to go to the priests to show themselves. They obeyed the words of Jesus and went. All of a sudden on the way they were healed.


What is highlighted in this healing story is that out of the ten lepers whom Jesus healed only a Samaritan came to thank him. It was surprising that the only thankful one was a non-Jew.


Jesus had expected that all would turn back joyfully praising God for the healing. But except a Samaritan, an outsider to Jewish society, nobody bothered.


The conclusion to the healing story is the confirming and reassuring words of Jesus to the thankful Samaritan. Jesus said, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” These words mean that Jesus offers this Samaritan something more than what he gave to others. They received physical healing, but this Samaritan received salvation in addition. His faith which prompted him to return to the feet of Jesus with gratitude, and his personal contact and personal submission to Jesus gave him a total healing of body and soul.


Thankfulness completes the experience of salvation. It perfects physical healing and fills the healed person with spiritual joy. Perfection of a miracle is the praise and thanksgiving it evokes in the witnesses of the miracle.


This healing story tells us also how people who are chosen and nurtured by God reject God and forget his favours, as in the case of the chosen people, the Jews who did not accept Jesus.


Very often we are insensitive to God’s presence and work in us.  It seems that the more we are favoured, the less we are grateful. We take everything for granted and fail to see the miracles that are happening in our day to day lives.


We should not forget that we are answerable before God for the gifts we receive at every moment of our lives.


If we are responsible to God we would answer the question: How did we use our talents given by God? Have we recognized the talents in us and tried to develop them? Have we made use of them for doing good, serving fellow human beings?


Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI


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