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Wednesday of the Thirty-second week in Ordinary Time
Ti tus 3:1-7
Psalm 23:1b-3a, 3bc-4, 5, 6
Luke 17:11-19
The Christian way of life is succinctly described by Paul and the healing of the
lepers reminds us of the importance of grace, gratitude, and generosity.
The Epistle to Titus is usually considered Paul's final instructions to the early
church. In Chapter 3, Paul describes important Christian qualities that are para-
mount to our faith and community. Paul instructs as follows:
ˈˎbe obedientˎbe open to every good enterpriseˎbe peaceable, considerate,
exercising all graciousness toward everyone.ˉ
Imagine a world where people obeyed, were good, peaceable, considerate, and
gracious to everyone. Sounds impossible, right? That may be the case, but every
day is an opportunity to obey God˅s word and be good. To show peace and
grace to everyone we encounter. We may not have grace and peace be returned
to us, but does that matter? Take for example the 10 lepers that Jesus healed on
his way to Jerusalem. How many of them, upon being healed, returned and were
gracious? 10, 9, 8, 7? No, only 1. What was Jesus˅ response, ˈ"Ten were
cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?ˉ He then turns to the ONE
man that was thankful and says, ˈYour faith has saved you.ˉ
What can be said about each and every one of us? Have we not received God˅s
grace in our lives? Are we one of the nine lepers that walked away and were not
thankful for God˅s grace, or are we the ONE leper that returned and gave thanks?
I think about my life journey and I am thankful for God˅s grace, not only upon me,
but for my wife and children. Our children are a daily reminder of God˅ grace and
blessing in our lives. As a result, we feel a calling to generously give our time,
heart, and love to our parish, Holy Family.
Paul continues in his Epistle to Titus,