No one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.
There are many messages in today’s Gospel: the power of God to heal, the compassion of Jesus for those in need, the fact that a despised foreigner (the Samaritan) is the only one who recognises what has been done, the role of faith and the importance of thanking God for gifts received. But because this Gospel is twinned with part of the story of Naaman the leper, the idea that the Church brings out most clearly is that of thanksgiving, or acknowledging what has been given to us. From an early age we are taught to say Thank You to recognise that someone has gone out of their way to give us something or do something for us. Our thanks strengthens the relationship that binds us together, and it is the same with God. As we recognise the good things that come from God, so our faith is deepened and the bond of the Covenant in Christ Jesus is strengthened.
Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm have brought salvation.
The Lord has made known his salvation; has shown his justice to the nations.
He has remembered his truth and love for the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord all the earth, ring out your joy.
First Reading: 2 Kings 5: 14-17
Second Reading: Tim 2: 8-13
Gospel Reading: Luke 17:11-19
Requiescat in Pace
Please pray for the soul of Patrick Devlin who died recently. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Funeral arrangements to follow.
Please pray for the soul of Mark Bradley and Eileen Vanderberg. Our deepest sympathy to their families and friends.