12th October 2019

Twenty Eight Sunday O.T.

The Healing of Ten Lepers by Jesus Christ Louis Surugue, (1686-1762) Harvard Art Museums  

2 Kgs 5:14-17. 
Ps. 97:1-4.     
2 Tm 2:8-13
The Gospel of Luke 17:11-19

Go and show yourselves to the priests

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’ When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. This made Jesus say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’

Two Small Words

This Gospel passage evokes two levels of healing: one, more superficial, concerns the body. The other deeper level touches the innermost depths of the person, what the Bible calls “the heart”, and from there spreads to the whole of a person’s life. Complete and radical healing is “salvation”. By making a distinction between “health” and “salvation”, even ordinary language helps us to understand that salvation is far more than health: indeed, it is new, full and definitive life. Furthermore, Jesus here, as in other circumstances, says the words: “Your faith has made you whole”. It is faith that saves human beings, re-establishing them in their profound relationship with God, themselves and others; and faith is expressed in gratitude. Those who, like the healed Samaritan, know how to say “thank you”, show that they do not consider everything as their due but as a gift that comes ultimately from God, even when it arrives through men and women or through nature. Faith thus entails the opening of the person to the Lord’s grace; it means recognising that everything is a gift, everything is grace. What a treasure is hidden in two small words: “thank you”!
Cf. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Angelus, 14 October, 2007

Feasts this Week 
Mon 14  St. Callistus, 3rd century Pope and Martyr  
Tue 15 St. Teresa of Jesus, Spanish Virgin and Doctor (1515 – 1582) 
Wed 16 St. Hedwig, Duchess of Silesia (Germany), Relig. (1174- 1243)
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, French virgin (1647-1690)  
Thu 17 St. Ignatius of Antioch, 1st century Bishop and Martyr (d. in Rome) 
Fri 18 St. Luke, Evangelist Feast 
Sat 19  Ss. John of Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit priests, and companions,
“Martyrs of North America,” 17th century.
St. Paul of the Cross, Italian priest and founder (1694-1775)

(Psalter week III)

Readings for Sunday 20 October (29th in Ordinary Time)
1st reading: Exodus 17:8-13.    
Responsorial Psalm 120
2nd reading: 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2.      
Gospel: Luke 18:1-8

Margaret Mary Alacoque was born in France in 1647. From early childhood Margaret was charitable and penitential, she also had an intense prayer life and love for the Blessed Sacrament. She was bedridden for four years and when she made a vow to the Blessed Virgin to consecrate herself to religious life, her health was restored. Our Lord usually appeared to her but she thought that others enjoyed the same visions. As a young woman, she suddenly began to take part in worldly amusements, until one night, returning from a ball, she had a vision of the scourged Christ reproaching her infidelity, Margaret soon entered religious life but she mourned over this for the rest of her life. Once in the cloister and after many extraordinary occurrences, our Lord gave her the mission to establish the devotion to His Sacred Heart and the Holy Hour of Adoration on the first Friday of each month to accompany our Lord in his sufferings at Gethsemane. Margaret Mary had to suffer much persecution for these visions. Even after her death, all her actions and revelations were subjected to the most severe and minute examination. When her tomb was opened in 1830, two instantaneous cures took place. She was finally canonized in 1920.

Weekly News

OCTOBER PARISH LUNCH Sunday 13 October at Latin Parish Centre, 1:30pm. Bing and share, all welcome.

PAPHOS BIG SING Friday 18th October 6pm in Agia Kyriaki. All welcome

SJP2 CHILDREN’S ORATORY Saturdays 10am to 12:30pm at the Presbytery, and ST. PAUL’S BIBLE GROUP on Thursdays at 3:45pm in the Conference Room. Info call Fr. Fernando 9993 3130.

BRICK A BRACK SALE Every Monday at Archangel Michael’s Hospice, from 10-12, beginning 7 October.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN NICOSIA Tuesday 3 December, depart from Debenhams at 8am. Info, call 9949 4140.

CARITAS PAPHOS Would like to inform you that last week’s collection raised €899. Thanks to all for the prayers and support. For information call Wendy 9904 0294.

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