Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Oct. 13, 2019

Reflection for Oct. 13, 2019

Realizing he had been healed

Both the ordinary and extraordinary are worthy of giving thanks to God

Sister Mary Kabat

This Sunday we continue Ordinary Time in the Church Year. I know it refers to “ordinal” numbers – one, two, three. Reflecting on the Scriptures passages the Church gives us this Sunday I am thinking of all that I take for granted, thinking it is ordinary, while it is really extra-ordinary and should call forth thanks and praise from deep within me.

First there is Naaman, a foreigner and valued servant, sent to be cured of his leprosy. The Prophet Elisha tells him to jump in the Jordan River seven times. It took some convincing but Naaman did it and was cured. When Elisha refuses his gifts of thanks, Naaman asks for a load of soil to take home with him on which to worship the true God of Israel. He will never forget the God who cured him through an ordinary action.

In the Gospel there are 10 lepers calling out to Jesus for a cure. Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priests who are the ones who can declare them free of leprosy. Seems a bit undramatic, doesn’t it?  As they head out, one, “realizing he had been healed,” returns and bows at Jesus’ feet to thank him. Only one!

As we go about our day, perhaps in a rush, perhaps worried or not feeling well, perhaps discouraged or longing for something that is not ours to have, do we miss the ordinary blessings, the helps along the way, the warmth of the sun, the patter sound of the rain, the air we breathe, the smile of a friend or stranger … so many ordinary and extraordinary blessings in ours each day. But we will not thank and praise God for them unless we realize they are there.

May your grace, O God, at all times go before us and follow after us.
(adapted from this Sunday’s Collect)


10/11/2019 11:23 am

Thanks for the kind words of comfort. God pours out graces daily but we have to recognize it in the little way of Teresa. In Christ' Our Savior,MJFalk.

10/11/2019 12:03 pm

" of them, realizing he had been healed,

returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;

and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.

He was a Samaritan.

Jesus said in reply,

'Ten were cleansed ....

Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?' " (Lk 17: 16-18)

Here we have, once again, a story of an outsider, an 'unbeliever,' or even a 'heretic,' perhaps; considered to be a disgrace, not worthy of the company of righteous Jews. Yet it is the one shunned by 'righteous society' who REALIZES he has been "touched" and "made new," "wholed (made whole)" by JESUS. The others don't even seem to notice that anything has happened to them. They were not open to the INNER TRANSFORMATION of mind, heart, and spirit JESUS brings. All they cared about was getting their physical bodies repaired and restored, so they could go on with their lives, the way they had before.

If I could be anyone in this story, I would choose to be the Samaritan, because I want sooooooo much to know the TRANSFORMING POWER of JESUS at-work-in-my-life.


"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." Meister Eckhart.


"THANK YOU, JESUS. Thank you, Sr. Mary, for helping us "fan into flame the gift of GOD within each one of us."

Donna Doffing
10/14/2019 10:03 am

Thank you Sr. Mary for reminding us to be aware of the Ordinary. As a child we are open to the moments of Wonder, as an adult I want to be open again and be able to Thank God every time.

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