Homily for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C, 2016

posted Oct 14, 2016, 11:35 AM by Church Office   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 11:35 AM by Michelle Massung ]

            It would be easy to give a homily about gratitude.  It is obvious that Jesus is upset that only one of the 10 lepers that 

he cured came back to thank him.  However, there is much more to this story than being thankful.  Don’t get me wrong, we all

 need to have an attitude of gratitude in our lives.

            My first point is that the Jews and the Samaritans were bitter enemies. Yet, they came together when they became sick with leprosy.  They put aside their differences and lived together in peace.  They both approached Jesus to be cured.  They joined together for their mutual benefit. 

            My second point is that they did what Jesus commanded them to do.  He tells them to go to the priests so that the priests could declare them clean.  The priests would have been to ones that determined they had leprosy and would have banned them from society.  By going back to the priests, the Jews would have been restored to their community and could live with their families and friends.  It would have been a great time of rejoicing.  The Samaritan did not have a priest to go to like the Jews did.  Along the way, he realized that he had been cured so he returns to Jesus rather than to a priest.  He thanks Jesus for curing him and Jesus gives him the gift of everlasting life, the gift of faith.  Jesus had hoped that when the Jews went to the priests, their testimony would have helped the priests to believe that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah.  Jesus did not come to earth to cure the sick.  He used his ability to cure to help show mankind that he was truly the Messiah.  His plan is foiled because the Jews that were cured didn’t spread the good news when Jesus had answered their cry for mercy.

            My third point is that Jesus was resolutely headed to Jerusalem to suffer and die for our salvation.  He was focused on his mission.  Yet, he was interrupted from his task at hand to tend to the needs of others.  How do we respond when we are interrupted by others?  Do we respond with compassion and mercy or do we just handle the interruption and then get on with our mission? 

            These are just three points that I want to make about this story.  Being a disciple of Christ is a way of life, not just reacting to certain situations.  We need to work together to help others that need Christ in their lives like the Samaritan did.  We need to continuously ask for the mercy of Jesus and admit that we are sinners.   However, once we are forgiven, we need to rejoice and live a life of peace and happiness and not in the guilt of our sins.  We need to treat others with respect and dignity, even if they interrupt us.  We are all given gifts from God and we are to use them not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others.  A great example of that was the life lived by Arnold Palmer.  Not just as a great golfer, but as a great humanitarian.  He did more to build hospitals and women’s centers than he ever did for golf. 

            This week, resolve to live a life as a disciple of Christ and not just on occasions, but each and everyday.