28th Sunday in the Ordinary Time Year C Sermon and Homily
Dear friends in Jesus Christ, today the Holy Mother Church celebrates the 28th Sunday in the Ordinary time year C. Today our heavenly father is giving us beautiful message to take into our hearts.
Human being has so many beautiful aspects to behave like human or like God’s people. We are suppose to be in the stage of humanness. If we love God and love others, we become the servants of God. Others will see God in us. Some come down from humanness to animal way of behavior. One of the beautiful behaviors of humanness is showing gratitude to God and to other fellow humans.
The first reading is from the second book of Kings and the Gospel is from St. Luke. What is the common reality in both readings is that the lepers were healed and they came back to God to thank him while some were not ready to show gratitude to God.
The meaning and cases of leprosy in the Old Testament.
The meaning of leprosy in the old testament is that God given disease as the sing of punishment. Firstly God has given this disease to Moses as his sign.
Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was leprous, like snow.”
The second incident is mentioned in the Bible is that of Miriam.
When the cloud lifted from above the Tent, there stood Miriam–leprous, like snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had leprosy.
The description is given here how to follow when you are affected by leprosy.
In cases of leprous diseases be very careful to do exactly as the priests, who are Levites, instruct you. You must follow carefully what I have commanded them.
More details is in Leviticus 13
The third case is in the life of Naman.
2 Kings 5:1
Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
The leprosy in the New Testament
As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
For leprosy only miracle not medicine.
In the old testament we could find that there was no medicine to heal the sickness of leprosy. But through miracle many were healed. In the same way during the time of Jesus, there was no medicine to heal leprosy. Jesus healed 10 leprosy and some more according to the Gospel narratives.
Leprosy is the sign of sin?
Many come to the understanding through the study of the bible that leprosy is the signs and the out come of sins. In the old testament many were healed through the power of God. During the time of Jesus, he healed man lepers with the power of God. Because of that reasons, it is believed that leprosy is the sign of the divine power ans only God can heal it.
When you are redeemed from the sins you will feel to show gratitude to God.
In today’s Gospel passage we find that there are 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus. Out of ten lepers, one came back to Jesus to thank him. And Jesus asked where are the others?
Jesus wants us to be grateful to him. It is not just merely a bodily healing that Jesus healed in the life of ten lepers. He healed their inner life and souls. He gave them a new life, that is the life of everlasting. through our life we need to be grateful to our heavenly father.
Gratitude enhances your spirituality
The act of Gratitude is part of the spirituality. Without the act of gratitude, one cannot say that i am a spiritual person. God shows his gratitude to us for is the total form of spirituality. If we want to grow in our spirituality, we need to develop the act of gratitude in us
Inspirational Story in gratitude
According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher.
After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village with a happy heart.
Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old leather container.
The student challenged his teacher: “Master, the water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?”
The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter.”!!!