Monday, March 28, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, March 28, 2011 (Monday of the Third Week of Lent)

Transcript of homily recorded on Monday, March 28, 2011

By Monsignor Gerald McSorley

Our first reading introduced us to Naaman the Syrian, an army commander, a very powerful man. But he was sick. He had a very serious illness called leprosy. But fortunately for him, a young Jewish girl who was a servant of the king's wife told him that there was help available for him, there was a cure for him in Israel, that there was a prophet there, Elijah, who would be able to cure him.

And so Naaman set off with all his retinue and arrived in great style in Israel and found out then that we was to talk to the prophet. And the prophet told him simply, "Why don't you go and bathe seven times in the River Jordan?" Naaman was insulted. This was far too ordinary. There couldn't possible be a cure for him doing something as ordinary as going to wash in the River Jordan. So he was offended and said, I could have done this back at home. The rivers back home are just as good as the River Jordan. But he was persuaded to do it anyway. And he was healed.

And so from the ordinary came something extraordinary, came healing for Naaman. Jesus mentions Naaman the Syrian in today's Gospel as one who received God's healing and God's blessing. Jesus came to Nazareth, and there the people found him too ordinary. He was one of them, he grew up there. They couldn't understand that there might be something extraordinary about him. But we know that there was. Jesus was no ordinary man. He was the Son of God; he is the Son of God.

And so the people rejected Jesus and were even trying to throw him off the brow of the hill to kill him. But Jesus continued to preach and teach God's ways. And these readings come to us this morning to teach us, also. Perhaps they can teach us that in the ordinary events of life, we find God, we find the extraordinary, we find wonderful things in the ordinary events of life. And we can find holiness in doing the ordinary things of life, doing them as well as we possibly can. That is God's will for us.

We come to the Eucharist this morning and we take what is ordinary bread and wine, and that becomes something extraordinary — it becomes the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. So through doing the ordinary things of life, and through God's grace, we can become extraordinary people, also. And God's grace and God's healing can flow through us, also.

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