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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 13, 2013

SURRENDER TO OUR SUFFERING

We think of religion and our faith as something we need to get right – that salvation is something to be achieved or earned, but its not.  Rather, it is something we surrender to.  To be “saved”, is not something that occurs in the future based on a decision in the past, but it is something that happens now based on our surrender now.

In our first reading, we find Naaman, who was a tremendous ruler and military leader at the height of his career; however, he was also plagued with leprosy.  However, his healing required a great deal of humility for a person of his stature.

The same sort of surrender and humility is present in our Gospel.  The one stands out among the 10 because he feel at the feet of Jesus and said thank you.  He surrendered his ego – which is often what gratitude is about – it is what happens when the ego recognizes it is not entitled to what it has received.

In each case, people come to God in hopes of alleviating their suffering and pain – some are grateful like Naaman and the one, while others, like the nine, leave healed in body, but not in spirit.  This is not real surrender and it is not true healing and it is not authentic transformation.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19)

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