Posted by: livingscripture | March 9, 2015

Third Monday in Lent

From the Word of the Day

“His servants came up and reasoned with him.  “My father,” they said, “If the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary, would you not have done it?  All the more now, since he said to you, ‘Wash and be clean,’ should you do as he said’.  So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times, at the word of the man of God.  His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”   

 (Second Book of Kings 5: 13-14)   

How should we live this WordNaaman 2

Today’s two readings of God’s Word revolve around the figure of Naaman, the person described in detail in the first reading, and who in many ways mirrors our rapport with God.  He was the pagan army commander of the King of Aram.  He was a high ranking minister and very esteemed by the court of his master.  But this man was a leper.  Jesus also refers to him in today’s Gospel.  Naaman decided to entrust himself to the God of Israel, through the mediation of the prophet Elisha, to be healed of his terrible illness.

This pagan certainly did not intend to claim rights over the God of Israel.  However, he too had established some criteria as to how the miracle should occur.  Elisha does not go out of his way to greet Naaman when he comes to his door.  He limits himself to sending a messenger to tell him to perform a very simple action: immerse himself in the river Jordan seven times.  It was not a very hospitable way to receive such an important and powerful person coming from a distant country!Today’s two readings of God’s Word revolve around the figure of Naaman, the person described in detail in the first reading, and who in many ways mirrors our rapport with God.  He was the pagan army commander of the King of Aram.  He was a high ranking minister and very esteemed by the court of his master.  But this man was a leper.  Jesus also refers to him in today’s Gospel.  Naaman decided to entrust himself to the God of Israel, through the mediation of the prophet Elisha, to be healed of his terrible illness.

Who knows why we too are convinced that when God manifests Himself in our life, he must always do it in a striking and spectacular way, very dramatically.  Instead, it is usually God’s way to work His most important miracles in our ordinary daily life, in silence, without noise.  God accomplishes grandiose things with very simple means.  Rather than wait for God to give us extraordinary and spectacular things, we should pay attention to how we listen to His Word and how we live it.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will think about God’s manifestations in my daily life and relish them, thanking Him for being so close to me.

Even Mass is a very simple, daily event, and yet, it is the marvel of marvels because it makes the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ present on the altar.  He heals us of the leprosy of our sins.

The Voice of Jesus, our One true Teacher

 Thus, you too, when you have done all that you were told to do, say, “We are useless servants.  We have only done our duty”.  (Luke 17: 10)

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