Audio Readings November 14, 2012 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

Titus 3:1-7; Psalm 23:1-6;Luke 17:11-19

32nd Week in Ordinary Time

“Your faith has saved you.” (Luke 17:19)

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And it’s hard to get more desperate than the ten men with lep­rosy in today’s Gospel reading. Their window of opportunity had just opened: Jesus, the miracle worker, was passing through their town. So they stretched their normal quar­antine restrictions as much as they dared, and cried out: “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” (Luke 17:13).

Their disease didn’t stand a chance. These men supplied the faith, and Jesus supplied the healing power. All that was left was for them to show themselves to the priests, who could verify their recovery. Imagine how quickly they must have rushed to the priests once they real­ized they were healed. They couldn’t wait for the declaration that would allow them to rejoin their families and their community. Finally, their lives could return to normal!

This would be a heartwarm­ing story of healing if it ended just there. But something else happened to turn it into a lesson about the Christian life as well. There was one among these men whose thoughts went beyond the promise of a return to normalcy. This fellow returned to Jesus, worshipping God for his gift of healing. He reasoned that any­one with the power to heal such an infirmity must be sent from God. He must have a special link to God— something that demanded his attention. And so his focus moved from the healing to the Healer.

Such a humble, grateful response moved Jesus deeply, and he declared that this man had received “salva­tion” in a way that the others had yet to experience. This one had entered into a new relationship with God, and as a result his inner life was changing to reflect the healing that he had received in his body.

This man’s story can shape our own prayer. Yes, we should all cry out: “Jesus, Master! Have pity on me” (Luke 17:13). But if we want to find the inner transformation, the “salvation” that this man expe­rienced, we should spend just as much time praising and worship­ping the Lord for all that he has already done for us. Then the king­dom of heaven will be ours!

“Jesus, I believe you can help me. But even more, I believe in you. I will join my voice with all the redeemed in humble praise to you.” ~WAU




About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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