HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME: SAINT OF THE DAY Memorial of St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
THEME OF THE HOMILY
No-one has come back to praise God, only this foreigner.
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Wednesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
ABOUT OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard of the words of the Lord delivered to all of His people, and this time, particularly directed to those leaders, sovereigns and rulers of nations and peoples, reminding them all that all of their power, sovereignty and rule all ultimately came from God. What the Lord is reminding each one of us is that, each and every one of us have been given various distinct and unique blessings, gifts and abilities, talents and opportunities in our lives. How we use them is really up to us, and we have been given the freedom to choose how we want to live our lives.
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ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING
In our Gospel reading today, we heard the story of the encounter between Jesus and the ten lepers, one of whom was a Samaritan and the healing that happened to all of them. All of them begged the Lord to have them healed from their leprosy, which had made them ostracised and cast out from the rest of the community. According to the Law of Moses, the lepers must be separated from the community until they recovered from their illness, as this was meant to avoid the disease from spreading rampantly in the close quarters of the people during the time of the Exodus. However, this has also led to the the lepers from being treated badly and looked upon with disdain by everyone, and no one would have wanted that kind of experiences.
Jesus recognized this leper’s insight; he didn’t say, ‘nobody has come back to thank me, except this foreigner’, but ‘no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner’. That is why Jesus goes on to say to him, ‘your faith has saved you’. This leper had the vision of faith; he recognized God at work in the good that had happened to him, in the extraordinary way he had been graced. We are called to that same vision of faith; we are called to recognize and to acknowledge God at work in all those experiences of grace that bless us throughout our lives. God’s grace calls forth our praise.
Let us all be filled with the desire to love God and to proclaim His truth and love, with humility and faith, much as Saint Albert the Great.
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