Wednesday, Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of St. Martin of Tours, Bishop
Tit 3:1-7; Ps 23: 1-6; Lk 17:11-19
A FAITH THAT WORSHIPS
What makes the Samaritan leper a hero in the gospel? All the ten lepers had the same faith. They all cried out in one voice: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Jesus responded to all in the same way: “go and show yourselves to the priests.” All of them had the same faith to obey the Lord: they all started a journey to show themselves to the priests even before they were healed. All of them got healed at the same time and at same place. But then begins the difference. The people who turned to the Lord in the time of their struggles and needs, turned away from him in the time of their wellness. They stopped their “coming to Jesus” when they saw that they were healed. They failed to transform the moment of their healing into a moment of worship; except that one foreigner.
Listen how serious God is about his people’s indifference in adoring him: “Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you” (Deut 28:47). People who claimed to be the chosen race behaved like the gentiles while the Samaritan proved himself the true son of Abraham, a son of faith. An attitude of gratitude is also an attitude of prayer. Worship is the best expression of our faith.
How we pray after receiving a favour from God, counts more than how we pray to get the favour. The true measure of one’s faith is the life after receiving favours from God. Jesus expects us to turn more closer to him as we receive more blessings day by day. Gratitude has to be a continuous state of mind. Paul writes: “Always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:18).
Responsorial Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
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