HOMILY FOR 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C
2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Tim 2:8-13
*THEME: BEYOND THE BLESSINGS*
Beloved in Christ, the Church today invites us to look beyond the quest for miracles, blessings and healings and rather look to the God who through His Son Jesus Christ grants us these gifts. Sadly, some people think they earned every good that comes along their way and there is no need to thank God or anyone for it. These people easily grow accustomed to their blessings that they even forget to give thanks for them.
Consequently, the importance of the story of Naaman in the first reading lies not only in the cure but that he was converted to belief in the God of Israel. This is affirmed in 2 Kings 5:15 where the cure convinced him of the power of God, for which Naaman readily offered to express his gratitude. And he further demonstrated his faith in the God of Israel with the vow never to sacrifice to any god as well as his request for the soil from Israel(cf 2 KGS 5:17).
Beloved, in the gospel reading also, only one of the lepers saw beyond the cure, to God who through Jesus made it possible. And like Naaman, he too was a foreigner and no ordinary foreigner but one of those who do not associate with the Jews (cf John 4:9)
We are not to take our blessings, miracles and healings for granted, they are to lead us to a deeper relationship with God. Thus, Jesus questioned, “were not all made whole”? And where are the other nine?(cf Luke 17:17)
Beloved, with this in mind, not going to mass is a sign that we have become an ungrateful people, for we go to mass to thank God. It is our ” Eucharist”, our thanksgiving. Therefore should we count our blessings, going to mass will become an obligation for us.
Finally, let us not only thank God for our happy days but for our “bad” days also (cf 1 Thes. 5:18; Eph 5:20; 2 Tim 2:10).
And our thanksgiving has to be sincere, not forced or duty bound. This was seen in Martin Rinkart who spent his life burying the dead at the time of war, famine and pestilence and was able to compose this great song of praise “Now thank we all our God”(Cath. Hymnal 399) in spite of his own difficulties and challenges. Culled from www.padredolphyne.WordPress.com. www.Facebook.com/padredolphyne/ www.padredolphyne.blogspot.com