Today’s readings deal with the theme of gratitude…of giving thanks. The word “Eucharist” comes from the Greek word for “the act of giving thanks”. Our Eucharist is first and foremost an action of giving thanks to our God. The readings portray two remarkable foreigners. In the first reading we meet Naaman, a foreigner, a powerful commander of one of Israel’s enemy’s army. In the Gospel we meet a leper, an outcast not only because of his leprosy but because he is a Samaritan. The actions of gratitude of the two foreigners are truly admirable, but the most remarkable lesson may be found in the character of God. In the healing of both foreigners, we see the universal scope of God’s salvation. In both instances, we are shown that God’s love and salvation has no ethnic or racial boundaries or borders. God’s love is universal and without limits. The only fitting response to God’s wondrous love for us is joyful thanksgiving and a willingness to emulate this love and healing by following Jesus’ example. Jesus calls us to reach out to the leper, to the lost, the lonely, the outcast and the immigrant and the refugee…all those denied justice and whom the world despises. We are called to embrace them all…to be the loving arms of our God present in the midst of hatred, violence, racism and marginalization. What am I grateful for in my life? Who are the lepers, the outcasts, the marginalized in my life that I am called to open up my arms to and embrace?
Fr. Tim Hickey, C.S.Sp.
Our Lady Queen of Peace
2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
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