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Vol: 46, No.54 28TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) October 13 2019  
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)
Gratitude for favours received unites the theme of today’s liturgy of the Word. Naaman was a leper who was cured by Prophet Elisha. Naaman being a non-Israelite thought that the prophet should be compensated for the work of healing he has done. Elisha accepts no gifts for the ministry is free. But Naaman’s request for a little soil from the land of Israel was readily accepted. The ten lepers were healed by Jesus at their request. Jesus did not do any elaborate ritual of cleansing but they were simply asked to present themselves to the priests. As they went they were cured. But only one returned to give thanks and that too was a Samaritan. The Samaritan received another additional gift, he became the beneficiary of eternal salvation. Are we thankful for the gifts we receive from God? Do we remain grateful? (Pause)
I confess to almighty 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 was cured miraculously by Elisha. He wants to offer a gift to the prophet which he rejects because leading another to faith is not for profit).
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.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (98)
Response: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.
Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders. His right hand and his holy arm have brought salvation. R/
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