Gospel Meditation

October 13th, 2019
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance …” In the ancient world and into the Middle Ages, there was no treatment for leprosy. People thought it was wildly contagious and were suspicious of any skin diseases. Lepers were isolated from civil society. This isolation was uphold by the Mosaic Law. Should there be a healing from leprosy, the former leper was to present himself to a priest to certify the healing. Like Jesus commands, “Show yourselves to the priests.” The person would then undergo a religious rite to be formally reintroduced to society. In other words, a leper got their life back. So why didn’t they come back?

“As they were going they were cleansed. And one 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.” Of the ten lepers healed by Christ, only one returns with a grateful heart. The others, perhaps, were thankful enough. Perhaps they couldn’t believe their luck, and they hastened to the priests to confirm the healing. They were more than willing to leave their life of rejection and isolation behind. Why take any steps backward, when the way ahead was so attractive? An attitude like this is perhaps understandable, but few would admire it.

How about you? Do you come back? If you’ve ever had the experience of getting what you hoped and prayed for, you know that this can sometimes be easier said than done. When we’ve wanted something badly enough, how easy it can be to focus on the gift rather than the giver. The truth is, God is daily offering us gifts: the gift of our existence, of the created world, of family and friends, of modern conveniences. Even in times of distress, there is always something to be thankful for. This Sunday, give yourself a gratitude check. Count your blessings. Glorify God and thank Him for the gift of your life!

©LPi

MEDITACIÓN DEL EVANGÉLIO

13 de octubre de 2019
28º Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Este Evangelio nos muestra lo extensivo de las expresiones que se pueden tener en la vida de fe. Alabar, dar gracias, rezar y ofrecer a Dios todo lo que se tiene y lo que se es con un sentido de gratitud por todos los dones recibidos. Aunque muchas veces solo se acude a Dios en la enfermedad o la desgracia, y ahí en esos momento y circunstancias se exigen hasta milagros. En las lecturas de hoy, se nos habla de enfermos de lepra y el cómo fueron sanados. En el Evangelio, los diez leprosos estaban abandonados a su suerte fuera de la ciudad y de la sociedad de su tiempo. De camino tuvieron la suerte de que Jesús pasaba entre Samaría y Galilea yendo hacia Jerusalén. De repente le salen al encuentro los leprosos y le dicen: “Jesús, Maesto, ten compasión de nosotros.” (Lucas 17:12-13). Él les envía a los sacerdotes, pero en el camino surge el milagro y quedan limpios de la lepra.

¡Que maravilla! Esto es lo que pienso que se dijeron aquellas personas completamente sanas de su enfermedad. Pero la lectura del Evangelio nos dice que solo uno regresa alabando y dando gracias a Dios. Hasta Jesús se sorprende y le pregunta: “¿No han sido sanados los diez? ¿Dónde están los otros nueve? ¿Así que ninguno volvió a glorificar a Dios fuera de este extranjero?” (Lucas 17:17-18). Dios siempre interviene en nuestro sufrimiento, su compasión no tiene límite. Aquí el mensaje estriba en saber de cual lado se está: de los que regresan a dar gracias, o de los que siguen el camino sin agradecer por los beneficios recibidos. ¿De cuál grupo eres tú?

©LPi