LISTEN: Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

Gratitude is at the heart of the Scripture texts we hear this weekend. I do not think that it is amiss to say that gratitude is a not a very popular attitude these days. It is being snuffed out by entitlement, demands, a false notion of rights, indifference, egoism, greed, consumerism – amongst many other attitudes.

In this week’s first reading from the book of Kings Naaman is cured of his leprosy. He is grateful and, in response, wants to offer a gift.

In the Gospel, on the road to Jerusalem, Jesus meets ten lepers. Like the blind man outside Jericho, they too cry out to him for mercy. Jesus responds to their plea. Only one, we learn, comes back to say thank you.

Notice how the account of the healing of the lepers ends with three questions which Jesus asks. These are important for our own reflection as we might be asked them too.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
B.A. (UNISA) B.D. (Urbaniana) M.Th. (UKZN)

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

r.pollitt@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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1 Comment
  • Elizabeth van Lingen.
    Posted at 11:32h, 14 Oct

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