for Sunday, October 10, 2010
Who is our God? Do we worship Him alone? Do we give thanks to God for his
mercy in our lives? These are the questions that today's readings can put
into our hearts and minds. Naaman worshipped other gods and never thought
anything about it until he was healed by the God of Israel. Today we
worship many other gods without naming them. If we worship the God of
Israel, then we must follow that God and make our lives confirm to his
Far too often we say that we worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
but our lives actually speak volumes about worshipping other gods: money,
power and sex among them. Sometimes our only god might be competition and
being better than someone else. At other times our god might be thinking
badly of others. Sometimes our god can be appearing better dressed than
others. All we have to do is be honest in looking at our daily living to
see if we have other gods whose values are more important than the values
of the God of Israel.
We don't know what happened to Naaman after his healing and his return to
his own country. We can hope that he was faithful to his promise. We
ourselves can work each day to be faithful to our promises to the Lord
The Gospel gives us a story we are probably familiar with because it is
simple and fairly easily remembered. Ten lepers are cured and only one
returns to thank Jesus. Even more astounding, the one who returns is a
Samaritan and not a Jew. The Samaritans and the Jews had much conflict and
religious differences. The one leper we might expect not to return and
give thanks is the only one who does return and give thanks.
What are daily gifts of our lives? Do we give thanks? If we don't thank
other people for their goodness to us, will we thank God? Every day all
that happens is a gift of God if we can accept it. All we do for good is a
gift of God if we can accept it. Every day we can come to the end of our
days and give thanks. We can also return to the Lord at the end of the day
with our sinfulness and give that to the Lord as we ask for healing.
If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.
Each day we are invited to strive for faithfulness because He, the Lord
Jesus, invites us to faithfulness. He is always faithful. Let us strive
to be faithful today.
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