Pastor's Desk: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The School of the Word!
This Wednesday we begin an introduction to Scripture course in Holy Trinity Parish. In collaboration with Augustinian Priest, Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA, the parish will host six talks by Fr. Kieran on scripture based on the Sunday readings. Who is it for? Anyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge of the Word of God. How much will it cost? It is totally free! Please see this post for the topics for each night. The talks will be from 7.30-9.00pm each Wednesday in Holy Trinity Church.
In both our first reading and the Gospel we see people who are quite ill receive healing from God, but their response is interesting and probably quite familiar. In the first reading Naaman, who is a Syrian and therefore a pagan, is struck down with leprosy. This was a disaster for anyone afflicted by the disease at the time as they had to move themselves out of the family home and live in leprosy colonies, shouting “unclean” and ringing a bell to alert the healthy they were approaching. Naaman’s wife is told by her Jewish slave girl that if he visits the great prophet Elisha in Israel he will receive a cure. Desperate to try anything Naaman heads to Elisha and is told by the prophet to immerse himself seven times in the Jordan. Naaman thinks this the most ridiculous thing he has ever heard and decides to return to his country angry at wasting his time. But those travelling with him point out if Elisha asked him to do something difficult, he would have done it so why not do as was suggested. He does and is cured and today’s reading takes it from there.
In the gospel, ten lepers call to Jesus from afar for healing having learnt about him. His response is to tell them to show themselves to the priests in the Temple. No great effort is demanded of them, yet only one of the cured returns to give thanks and he is a Samaritan.
The point of the readings is to see that God’s grace is open to all, even those who are not part of our community of Faith. This great grace is often taken for granted with no thought of giving thanks or showing gratitude by those who receive it. What do we need to give thanks for?