Too proud to say thank you

 
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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, based on 2 Kings 5:14-17, Luke 17:11-19

2Kings 5:14-17

Naaman went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of Elisha, the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Then Naaman returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before Elisha and said, ‘Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will accept nothing!’ He urged him to accept, but he refused. Then Naaman said, ‘If not, please let two mule-loads of earth be given to your servant; for your servant will no longer offer burnt-offering or sacrifice to any god except the Lord.

Luke 17:11-19

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.’


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Don Goergen, O.P.

About Don Goergen, O.P.

Don Goergen is a Dominican friar of the Chicago, USA Province. He is a preacher, lecturer, teacher and author. Don has written and taught primarily in the areas of christology and spirituality in the United States as well as in Africa and Asia. He has been a member of a Dominican Ashram community from its beginning in 1999 and continues to teach and preach. His most recent writing is Fire of Love: Encountering the Holy Spirit. One can check his work further at http://www.op.org/don/ .

3 thoughts on “Too proud to say thank you

  1. Thank you; I never noticed the point about “realizing” he was healed. That’s food for thought!

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