28th Sun Year C
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
Let’s look at this story from the viewpoint of the nine lepers. They had faith. After calling Jesus ‘Master’ and making their request, they trusted utterly in his word. Immediately they were on their way to fulfil all the rites concerning cleansing. And you can imagine what happened next. Having been so savagely ostracised, they would have run home to the spouses and children, to the friends and community from whom they had been separated for so long. They were grateful to Jesus…, surely. But what would have happened next? They would have been swallowed back into the life from which they had been so long excluded. In years to come, there would have been no ‘leper’ stories for their grandkids. They would have passed over this humiliating experience in much the same way as people today often remain silent about painful or difficult events. They had had the experience, but missed the meaning.
But that Samaritan, for whom family and community probably had meant just as much, he broke his journey. Some new level of existence had erupted into his life and he turned and returned. Throwing himself on the ground he gave thanks to God. In using the term ‘eucharisto’ Luke well knew the resonances this word would have had for his readers. The Samaritan’s life had become a hymn of praise for the mercies shown to him by God in Jesus. He had had the experience and had understood the meaning. In the future, one can well imagine the grandkids, and anyone else for that matter, hearing this story. His pain and humiliation had been transformed by an act of God. He need have no shame over what he had been through. His life was suffused by the grace of God.