28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 9th October 2016

Your faith has saved you

Faith and gratitude flow like a stream through the readings for this Sunday.  It is in this same spirit of gratitude that we are invited into prayer this week.

In the First Reading Naaman, a powerful Syrian commander and enemy of the people of Israel, has leprosy.  He puts his trust in the prophet Elisha’s faith in God.  Naaman is healed and in gratitude makes a commitment to worship and follow the one true God.

In the Gospel of Luke ten people with leprosy have faith that Jesus can heal them, yet only the Samaritan, another outsider, returns to Jesus with joyous praise and thanks to God.

This exuberant expression of faith and thanks is mirrored in St Paul’s letter to Timothy (Second Reading).  Writing from prison he tells us that nothing can chain up the Good News which is for all people.  Jesus gives us life and is faithful to us forever.

The Psalm is a song of joy celebrating the universal Kingship of God.  God’s powerful work of salvation is not just for the people of Israel but for all the nations of the world.

As we go forth into the coming week, let us do so with thanks for all we have been given by God.

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