HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF LENT.
THEME: SEARCH FOR HEALING.
BY: FR. GERALD M. MUSA.
The first step to health is to know that we are sick. Naaman suffered from leprosy despíte his exalted position as Army Commander of the King of Syria. Leprosy was a very shameful disease as AIDS is in modern times. Those who suffered from leprosy were ostracized and not allowed to mingle with other people. Naaman had gone from place to place in search of healing and found none untl he came to Prophet Elisha in Israel. The prophet asked Naaman to go to Jordan and bathe 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.
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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 (The Syrian and Samaritan) acknowledged His work and power. Are we taking advantage of the season of lent to seek healing of the body, mind, memory, heart, spirit and soul? “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for
thou art my praise” (Teremiah 17:14
2 KINGS S:115A; LUKE 424-30;MONDAY, 3RD WEEK OF LENT
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