HOMILY FOR THE 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C
THEME: GO YOUR WAY, YOUR FAITH HAS HEALED YOU
BY: Fr. Arthur Ntembula
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 9 2022
(2 Kings 5:14-17, 2 Timothy 2:8-13, Luke 17:11-19)
In this world, many of us are hurting and we hope we could talk to someone. We look up to God crying for help. We can’t have peaceful nights anymore because we are usually lost in the world of thoughts. We have to think so hard about how to get out of a situation. We live a depressed life. We need healing.
In the first reading, we encounter Naaman’s healing. Elisha, the man of God, instructs him to go and dip himself seven times in the Jordan. After that, all his leprosy is gone. “His flesh is restored like the flesh of a little child.” In the gospel, Jesus heals ten lepers. They recognise him from a distance and shout out to him for healing, “Jesus, master, have mercy on us.”
Like Naaman and the ten lepers, we too need God for healing from whatever has been paralysing our lives. When Jesus sees how much faith we still express in him, regardless of what we go through, he shall say to us too, “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” From that moment onwards, our lives will not be the same anymore. At every moment, our encounter with the Lord is a life-changing experience because no one goes into the presence of the Lord and comes out with nothing.
When we look at every pain and anguish of life, we can only say, “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me.” We have to surrender to God in docility. When life hits hard, we are invited to live positively and still be able to celebrate God, the healing Father. St. Paul, in the second reading, is encouraging us to endure all situations so that we may always find victory in God. He refers to himself as a chained apostle ‘like a criminal.’ He recounts his own hardships. When we too go through hard times, we should persevere for the sake of Christ. Only then shall we reign with Christ. God’s presence is a healing grace. Through this presence we come face to face with a Father who heals our brokenness and “our flesh shall be restored like the flesh of a little child,” and like that foreigner in the gospel, we should also remember to go back to him to give thanks. Being healed is not only when you realise you do not have that physical illness anymore, but it is also when one day you wake up to realise you have this peace within your heart that you can’t even explain.
“Leprosy” is all the weaknesses and hardships that we carry on our shoulders. It is from these that we should seek healing from Christ, our loving physician. He is always ready to lay his hands upon us and to restore us. Whatever we carry in our hearts that makes us spend sleepless nights can be cleaned off. As Jesus heals us, we too have our own part to play, that is, to set ourselves on a journey towards Christ, to look for him until we find him.
ENJOY YOUR LITURGY
Fr. Arthur Ntembula