Encountering Mercy

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Second Sunday of Easter — Cycle C

April 3, 2016

Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” (Lk 17:13b)

Encountering Mercy

“Go show yourselves to the priest.”(Lk 17:14a)

With this simple command Jesus shows mercy.

With these words ten lepers no longer have this crippling disease.

 

“…the word of God is not chained.” (2 Tm: 9b)

The mercy of God is not locked behind bars,

…is not imprisoned on an island surrounded by sharks,

…is not afraid to take pity on lepers.

 

Ten made clean,

One returns to thank the merciful Jesus.

A Samaritan he was,

…foreigner,

…enemy of the Israelites,

“…the word of God is not chained.” (2Tm: 2b)

 

Has anyone of us kept the garment of Baptism white, or flesh become

again the flesh of a little child…?” (2kgs: 14b)

 

Lepers all are we.

 

Please, Jesus, let me be like the Samaritan leper.

He cried, “Pity,” but received the greater gift of God’s mercy.

Thank you for the merciful encounters that whiten our baptismal garments once more. Amen

 “Where are the other nine?”  (Lk 17:17)

 

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What powerful lesson does Jesus teach us through the Samaritan?
  2. How would you feel if someone shunned you?
  3. Why are we so afraid to encounter the lepers in our lives?
  4. In what ways do we chain the word of God?
  5. What can make us clean again as a babe at the baptismal fount?

 

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