God’s Gift Bestowed Upon Us!

13 Oct 2019 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on God’s Gift Bestowed Upon Us!

Throughout the history of Israel, God’s people were but a tiny enclave surrounded by a sea of unbelievers. Yet, from time to time God was willing to bestow his beneficence upon foreigners. So in today’s first reading we have the end of the story of the cure of the foreigner, Naaman. (Note: to make it clear that this was God’s doing, the prophet Elisha made sure he was not present when the miracle occurred and afterward, refused to take a reward from Naaman for it.) Naaman left and went back home as a believer.

In today’s Gospel, only one of the ten lepers cured returned to thank Jesus. And he was a foreigner, a Samaritan, while those blessed with being God’s people from birth neglected to be grateful? In today’s middle reading, St. Paul was so grateful for the gift of faith, that he counted his sufferings and distress as but a small price to pay for so great a gift.

Today, we believers seem to once again be but a small enclave surrounded by a sea of unbelievers. We too should be providentially alert to sharing that faith with outsiders. But above all, we should be consciously grateful for the precious gift God has bestowed on us.

“It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.”

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