FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 13, 2019
WORD of the DAY
As he 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.” (Luke 17: 11-19)
How shall I live this Word?
What is traditionally called ‘place composition” can help us get to the heart of this Gospel. Let’s imagine the great emotional shock that must have come before Jesus, with the entrance into the scene of these poor sick people, eaten by a terrible, incurable disease! It must have been a horrifying sight! Imagination can be supportive: picture the scene, let our sensitivity come into play!
The Gospel also guides us through it to understand the feelings of Jesus. He does not remain horrified by our sin, and even less when sin has the disfigured features of a guilt that has become habitual. He approaches us, He touches us, He asks us not to be afraid … He has the power to heal the cases that every human resource, skill, and science puts aside as among the most desperate! Only by fully recognizing our misery will we have the impetus to return to Jesus, to thank Him for all He has done for us!
I ask the Lord for the grace to be aware of my sin, to recognize it, to highlight it, to call it insistently by name. To have horror of one’s illness is the necessary condition to invoke the bodily and spiritual doctor, and to remove all human respect in crying out to Him our desire to be healed.
The Voice of Pope Francis
When you know how to cry, only then will you be able to do something for others with your heart .
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