Lectionary Reflections: Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c] October 9, 2016

Engaging Faith | Thu, Nov 17, 2016

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Education for Justice

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]

October 9, 2016


2 Kings 5:14-17

2 Timothy 2:8-13

Luke 17:11-19



October 10: Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

October 10: Thanksgiving Day in Canada 

October 12: Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement) begins the previous evening

October 15: World Rural Women’s Day

October 16: World Food Day



The God who created the universe out of nothing can also intervene in this world and overcome every form of evil. Injustice is not invincible.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 75

Flagrant inequalities exist in the economic, cultural and political development of the nations: while some regions are heavily industrialized, others are still at the agricultural stage; while some countries enjoy prosperity, others are struggling against starvation; while some peoples have a high standard of culture, others are still engaged in eliminating illiteracy. From all sides there rises a yearning for more justice and a desire for a better guaranteed peace in mutual respect among individuals and peoples.

— Pope Paul VI, Call to Action

In the Sunday Eucharist, the believing heart opens wide to embrace all aspects of the church. But... far from trying to create a narrow "gift" mentality, St Paul calls rather for a demanding culture of sharing, to be lived not only among the members of the community itself but in society as a whole. 

— Pope John Paul II

The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.

— Pope Francis, 25 July 2013

Let us ask the Lord to give us the gentleness to look upon the poor with understanding and love, devoid of human calculation and fear.

— Pope Francis, 24 September 2013

Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.

— Pope Francis, Address to U.S. Congress 24 September 2015


Thoughts for Your Consideration

God desires good things for all people.  God’s desire for good is not limited to any one group of people.  Naaman is a foreigner, but he is still healed.  Jesus heals all ten people with leprosy including the Samaritan.  God’s love is “inclusive.”  

As followers of such a God, we too want to be “inclusive.” Such a perspective will effect how we relate to people from other parts of the world or other religious traditions or other racial and ethnic groups. Such a perspective will influence how we act on immigration issues or the welcoming of refugees or the struggle to give everyone access to quality health care or our efforts to end racism. Such a way of thinking and seeing will influence how nations relate to each other or how they use the resources of our planet.  

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