Scripture: 1st Reading: Wis6,1-11; Resp. Psalm: Ps82,3-4,6-7; Gosp. Accl.: 1Thess5,18; Gospel: Lk17,11-19
There are different strata of leadership in any given human society. Each of these is given the privilege to exercise authority. This authority is not inherent or inborn in anyone. Authority and power are given by the Lord. They are to be used for the good of man. This is because the Most High will search out and inquire into the plans of each person entrusted with authority.
Each person in authority will therefore render an account of his stewardship. The one entrusted with the privilege of leadership is strictly warned by the word of God to exercise it with diligence and prudence, to rule wisely, keep the law and walk according to the purpose of God. God will not stand in awe of anyone, nor show deference to greatness, since he made both great and small and thinks of all His creatures in like manner.
It is therefore important for us to know that the life of each of us has an impact on that of anothe
r. God created us for community and communion and never for isolation and self-centredness. This is why the gifts He gave to us must be judiciously used such that this becomes our own means of rendering thanks to Him. This is exactly what our Lord taught after His healing of the ten lepers.
Uncommon favour was shown to these ten lepers by our Lord. By their leprosy, they were completely ostracized from the community, denied their dignity as children made in the image and likeness of God. Their healing therefore was nothing less than the greatest restoration that could have happened to anyone in that state.
This must have been the dream of their lives before they met our Lord that day. This was why their ingratitude became very significant and touching. Ten were healed, but only one leper returned to give thanks, and this leper who came back was a foreigner, a Samaritan.
The things we have have been given to us from God's bounty. Through them, we have been shown uncommon favour by our God. We are to use them well, realizing that possessing them is nothing but a great privilege from God our Creator.
Let us pray: God our Father, you are the Giver of every good gift. We thank you for the great things you have done for us in our lives. Give us your grace to return thanks through our judicious use of these wonderful gifts you entrusted to our care. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.