Daily homily for Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent
Theme: SEARCH FOR HEALING
By: FR GERALD M. MUSA
Homily for Monday March 21 2022
Naaman suffered from leprosy despite his exalted position as Army Commander of the King of Syria. He had gone from place to place in search of healing and found none until he came to Prophet Elisha in Israel. The prophet asked Naaman to go to the Jordan and bath seven times. Initially, Naaman was slow at carrying the instruction of the Prophet because the river was too common. Later, he summoned faith, went to the river and was healed. Just as Naaman had little faith in a ‘common river’, the people of Nazareth refused to believe in Jesus because they considered him a fellow native, and a common man from a humble background. Jesus responded, “No prophet is acceptable in his own country.” His people could neither recognize his divinity nor the power of God working in Him, but strangers acknowledged His work and power. Today, many people underestimate the sacrament of reconciliation (confession), also known as penance. “How can I confess to a common man,” many ask. They forget that the priest ministers not in his name, but the name of Christ and the Church. The season of Lent is specially set for the healing of our spiritual leprosy and a time of reconciliation to restore the broken relationship we have with God and neighbours. Do we take our faith or the ministers of the Church for granted because they are too familiar to us?
2 KINGS 5:1-15A; LUKE 4:24-30 Monday, 3rd Week Of Lent