Vol: 43, No.54 28TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) October 09 2016  
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel. (Ps 129:3-4)

The attitude of the nine lepers who are healed but do not return to thank the healer cannot be termed as outright ingratitude because the lepers have nothing against Jesus but it is more of an attitude called casualness or taking things for granted. The nine lepers after having been healed just do not want to take the trouble of finding the healer whose name or address they may not have known. They decide to move on with their lives since they have been healed. This is an attitude that is prevalent in many of us. We receive favours from many people, but when it is the question of thanking them we shy away. We shy away from thanking our parents for what they do, and many other people who serve us on a daily basis. And when it comes to thanking God, we are not the best either. Why am I so reluctant to say “thank you.” (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Hoy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(Naaman’s response to the prophet shows great humility and gratitude. Whatever he has previously believed about Israel’s God, he now declares him to be the only God).
A reading from the Second Book of the Kings (5:14-17)
Naaman the leper went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him; and he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will receive none.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused. Then Naaman said, “If not, I pray you, let there be given to your servant two mule-burdens of earth; for henceforth your servant will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the Lord.”
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