On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
Jesus was a healer, he did not just cure illness, but took it away….but if we really give it some thought, we see that it was not really Jesus that did the healing, but the Word of God that healed the lepers to today‘s Gospel story; it was the Word of God’s grace and mercy, spoken and shared by Jesus that caused this amazing healing to occur for the lepers as it also dies for all of us.
For the Word of God as shared by Christ is alive and active with us today in our world, and still offers the comfort and healing of God’s grace to all who hear it.
There are times when we need this healing, when we all need an infusion of grace and hope into our lives. As single parents we can feel alone at times, overwhelmed and maybe just a little bit lost as we try to navigate the treacherous waters of parenthood. Both when I was the father of a young daughter and now as the parent of a teenager, I have had moments of simply worrying myself sick; worried about whether my decisions were sound, or if she was making good choices, or just worried about the state of our life together.
When in what I felt was a crisis, I have turned to my faith in God to give me hope and support, and have prayed…a lot! I have also reached out to others for help and advice, and in time the panic subsided and I found peach and comfort once again…as the crisis passed.
However, I have not only called on God in the midst of crisis, but have found that this faith also helps when dealing with the every day challenges of parenting, from fights over homework, or housework, to disagreements on matters of relationships, and to simply trying to keep up with the schedule of a busy teenager!
Life is busy, and sometimes it feels like I am going from challenge to challenge, but there are many times when life is just moving forward, and it is at times like these when I forget to give thanks to God for a good day, a day without drama; therefore I try to make it a point to stop in the midst of my busy day, and take a spot-check inventory and then say a prayer of gratitude…but more than SAYING thanks only this, I also try to show my gratitude by sharing the grace and hope I have been given with others: my daughter, but also with friends, family and with strangers…by treating them the way I would like to be treated, putting aside my selfishness and impatience and seeking to comfort those who are also struggling with challenges, and by doing this I am able to remember that we called to share the healing message of God’s love together, as we are all part of the same family…as well loved children of God.
Let us Pray,
God, thank you for your healing presence in our lives, and in our world; help us to be better people and better parents. Let us never forget that we are called to live the Gospel in our own lives, and to share this healing Word with others…always remember that we are all part of the same family, the family of God.