Readings & Homily Sunday 09 October 2022

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Sunday, 09 October 2022
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year CReadings on p. 1354 and Antiphons on p. 1350 of the Daily Missal and
p. 981 of the Sunday Missal.

Entrance Antiphon.

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel.

First Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17

A reading from the Second Book of Kings.

In those days:
Namaan the Syrian went down
and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan,
according to the word of Elisha the man of God;
and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child,
and he was cleansed [from his leprosy]. 

Then he returned to the man of God,
he and all his company,
and he came and stood before him; and he said,
“Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth
but in Israel;
so accept now a present from your servant.” 

But he said, “As the Lord lives, whom I serve,
I will receive none.” 

And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
Then Naaman said, “If not, I beg you,
let there be given to your servant two mules’ burden of earth;
for henceforth your servant will not offer
burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the Lord.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98:1.2-3ab.3cd-4 (R. cf. 2)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm 

R/. The Lord has shown his deliverance to the nations.

O sing a new song to the Lord,
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation.

The Lord has made known his salvation,
has shown his deliverance to the nations.
He has remembered his merciful love
and his truth for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song,
and sing out your praise.

R/. The Lord has shown his deliverance to the nations.

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13

A reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy.

Brothers and sisters: 

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,
descended from David, as preached in my Gospel,
the Gospel for which I am suffering
and wearing chains like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect,
that they also may obtain the salvation
which in Christ Jesus goes with eternal glory.
The saying is sure:

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
if we endure, we shall also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

The Word of the Lord.

Please stand for the Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia.
Give thanks in all curcumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Alleluia.

Gospel: Luke 17:11-19

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

On the way to Jerusalem
Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.
And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers,
who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said,
“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 

When he saw them he said to them,
“Go and show yourselves to the priests.”
And as they went they were cleansed. 

Then one of them,
when he saw that he was healed, turned back,
praising God with a loud voice;
and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet,
giving him thanks.
Now he was a Samaritan.
Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed?
Where are the nine?
Was no one found to return and give praise to God
except this foreigner?”
And he said to him, “Rise and go your way;
your faith has made you well.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.

The rich suffer want and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.

HOMILE

In 2018 we had a parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
 A special part of the pilgrimage was stopping at the little town of Burqin.
 Burqin is a tiny Palestinian town, home to some 6.000 people, most of
them of Muslim faith with some 20 Christian families among them.
 We got out of the bus – and entered a stone church – the Orthodox
Church of St. George,
o otherwise known as the Church of the Ten Lepers,
 The original church is a cave inside the existing church and is believed
to be the fourth oldest church in the Holy Land.
 It was so humbling being in this sacred space where the 10 lepers were
healed.
 As I read the gospel today, my mind was there, in the original cave and
I could just feel the wondrous and compassionate presence of Jesus.
The Scripture readings for today show us two leprosy cures and two reactions
to them.
In the Gospel, Jesus heals ten lepers.
Some idea of what the healing meant:
 In biblical times, leprosy meant a skin ailment, as well as the disease
we know today as leprosy.
 I have a fair skin and the many years spent outdoors in Africa at
swimming pools, have meant my skin has been damaged by the sun.
 In baptism, as I hold the jug of Holy Water above an infants head
ready to baptise, it is so easy to see the difference between my own
sun-damaged skin and the soft clean skin of the infant child who
receiving the sacrament.
 What would your reaction be if you were made fresh as a baby, after
your skin had been that of a leper?
 Joy and excitement and delight would overwhelm us.
Jesus has compassion and says:
 “Go show yourselves to the priests.”
 They do, but on the way they find out that they are already cleansed!
 And, maybe the point of the scripture is that only one former leper—and
it is a Samaritan—has eyes to see what this healing means.
Praising God in a loud voice, this one comes back to Jesus.
 He drops to the ground giving thanks.
 The other nine?

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 They must have been glad they had won the lotto and had not thought
about who had done the cure.
Jesus offers a soul-cure as well as a bodily one. Too bad those others missed
it!
The other leprosy cure takes place in the time of Elisha the prophet.
 A leper, Naaman—a commander in the Syrian army—is healed by
Elisha the prophet.
 Naaman is told to plunge into the Jordan river seven times.
 At first, Naaman was angry and would have left, but his servant
persuades him to try it.
 He carries out this strange routine just as instructed. The result?
His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean of
his leprosy.
 Naaman rushed back to Elisha to gave copious thanks.
 He declared that there was no other god on earth but Israel’s God!
 He offered a gift in thanksgiving.
 This was a very healthy and normal reaction: when a person is loved so
much, their heart goes out to the giver and, without thinking, their soul
wants to give gifts in return.
Strangely, Elisha refused the gift.
 We are not given an explicit reason, but probably he did not want
earthly rewards for doing God’s work.
 In response to the refusal, Naaman the leper made a dramatic
pronouncement.
If you will not accept,
please let me, your servant,
have two mule-loads of earth,
for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice
to any other god except to the Lord.
The request of Naaman to be permitted to carry away two mule loads of
Israelite earth seems strange to us.
 He wanted to erecting upon it an altar on which to offer sacrifices to
Yahweh,
 This reflects the belief of those days that the god of each land could be
worshiped only on his own soil.
 Mule loads and all, Namaan will use Israeli earth to show his gratitude.

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 It will be a sacrifice to the God of Israel, the God you and I worship.
We also need to show our gratitude to the God we worship.
 We have come together at this celebration of Mass.
 At every Mass we’re called to grow in this spirit of gratitude and
thanksgiving, because the Eucharist is Jesus’ own prayer of
Thanksgiving to the Father.
 The Greek word from which we derive the word “Eucharist” means
“thanksgiving.”
 At the beginning of the Eucharist Prayer, the priest says:
o The Lord be with you.
o All: And with your spirit..
o Priest: Lift up your hearts.
o All: We lift them up to the Lord.
o Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
o All: It is right and just.
 And then the priest replies with a saying of great theological depth:
o “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and
everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, Holy Father, almighty and
ever-living God.”

 It’s right, it’s just, it’s fitting, it’s appropriate for us to give God thanks,
“always and everywhere.”
 Before Jesus said the words of consecration on the night he was
betrayed, the vigil of his crucifixion, he took bread and, as we’ll hear
anew today, “gave thanks.”
 He gave thanks, because it is right always and everywhere, our duty
and our salvation, to do so.
 He gave thanks because he was constantly thanking the Father.
 He gave thanks because he knew that the Father would bring the
greatest good out of the greatest evil of all time which would happen to
him after that first Mass in the Upper Room was done.
 He gave thanks because it would be through his passion, death, and
Resurrection,
o that Jesus would institute the means by which we would be able
to enter into his own relationship with the Father.

The Mass is the school in which we participate in Jesus’ own thanksgiving,
the thanksgiving the Church makes continuously from the rising of the sun to
its setting.
Today, as we receive Holy Communion, let our hearts be filled with gratitude
and thanksgiving.

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From today’s Gospel reading:
When Jesus saw the lepers, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.”
Reflection:
The lepers’ cure came as they travelled. Perhaps we too realize that the
healings we need, the physical, emotional and spiritual ones, don’t happen all
at once, but occur as we travel, step by step, through life. Isn’t that the way
most of us come to wholeness – step by step – with the help of trusted family,
friends, counsellors, teachers, etc. who help us experience cleansing and
renewal? Do we “realize,” as the cured leper did, that it is Jesus who is the
source of our healing?
So we ask ourselves:
 What touched me in the readings today?
 Can I name some of the healings that have happened in my life through
faith?
 How have I returned thanks to God for those healings?

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