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28th Sun Year C
Sunday 13th October 2019


Image supplied by Sr Kym Harris
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The Commentaries Summarised

As a Church we are in a web of wisdom that comes to us both from tradition and contemporary writers. This section offers a summary of some commentaries on the Gospel. Also below is a list of the books and articles that have been consulted in compiling this Sunday's "Pray As You Can" and which could be used for further reading.

This Sunday's Commentary

This is the second healing miracle concerning leprosy in Luke’s Gospel. The first occurred early in Jesus’ ministry (Lk 5:12-15), now when on his way to Jerusalem, ten lepers approach, and while keeping the prescribed distance that lepers had to maintain between themselves and others, they cry out to Jesus. They call him ‘Master’ – the only time this term is used by people other than the disciples in this Gospel. The verb for ‘seeing’ that Luke uses when Jesus ‘sees’ the lepers and when the Samaritan ‘sees’ that he is cured, can be understood at other and deeper levels than mere vision. The term also carries the meaning of ‘perceiving’ and ‘understanding’. Jesus not only sees the lepers, he understands the desperation they feel with their alienation from society. The Samaritan not only sees that he has been cleansed, he also perceives that his cleansing is an act of God, to which his first and immediate response must be gratitude and praise, to God and for Jesus. The ‘thanks’ the Samaritan offers is expressed with a word cognate to our word ‘Eucharist’, a resonance that Luke’s initial readers would have readily noted. For this man, healing has become a source of salvation, because he has had the faith, to perceive a deeper reality at work than mere physical healing. The other nine, while having the faith to believe in Jesus’ word and departing readily to the priest for confirmation of their healing, fail to perceive the meaning of their physical healing. While receiving the gratitude of the Samaritan, Jesus looks to see where they are.

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