Third Monday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Monday of Lent, March 5, 2018 WORD of the DAY  But his servants came up and reasoned with him: “My father, if the prophet told you to do something extraordinary, would you not do it? All the more since he told you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5: 13-14) How shall I live this Word? The two readings of the Word of God of today revolve around the figure of Naaman the Syrian, a character that today’s first reading lingers to describe minutely, and which resembles us very much, in many ways, especially in our authentic relationship with God. A pagan commander of the army of the king of Aram was an authoritative and highly esteemed minister at the court of his lord. But this gallant man was leprous. Summarizing in short, the facts of history, to which Jesus also alludes in today’s Gospel, Naaman decided to entrust himself, through the intermediary of the prophet...