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Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Thursday, October 06, 2016
True and complete healing, restoration of our true identity, occurs when we are able to love God so fully that we yield to him completely, we rely totally on God and live in continuous awareness of his presence. This is possible for each and every one of us! Physical, emotional and spiritual healing are just the first step. Like the lepers in the Gospel, we go to him of whom we've heard great things. We beg him to heal us, and we believe, we go in faith that he has heard us!
In the First Reading and the Gospel (2 Kgs 5:14-17, Lk 17:11-19), some of those healed express overwhelming gratitude for the gift they received. They are so overcome by God's generosity that their lives are changed. Paul himself experienced healing on the road to Damascus. His experience of the presence of Christ changed his life forever! He now preaches, from prison and in chains, the good news of our own healing, our salvation. He encourages us, if we suffer and persevere with Jesus, we will live and reign with him (2 Tm 2:8-13)!
We must begin with prayer, the path to knowledge of God. He wants us to know him; He wants to be within us, to heal us and to restore us to himself! We must be alert to even the simple ways in which He touches us, rather than denying the seemingly ordinary command as Naaman almost did when Elisha told him to wash seven times. If we reflect on the many things for which we can be grateful to God, and express that gratitude fervently and regularly, we will be on our way to that ultimate healing and restoration, when we can walk our journey in full awareness of God and with full confidence in his divine providence no matter what comes our way!
"Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm." (Psalm 98:1)
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First Reading2 Kings 5:14-17
Second Reading2 Timothy 12:8-13
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First ReadingExodus 17:8-1
Second Reading2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
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