THE IMPORTANCE OF ENDURANCE, OBEDIENCE AND GRATITUDE.- SUNDAY REFLECTION

9 October, 2016

1st READING (2 Kings 5: 14-17)
2nd READING (2 Timothy 2: 8-13
GOSPEL (Luke 17: 11-19)

The Importance of Endurance, Obedience and Gratitude


Today’s first reading and gospel has similar message which the importance of obedience and gratitude. The second reading tells us the importance of Endurance.

The second reading tells us the story of Elisha and Naaman the Chief-Commander of the Syrian army. When Elisha told him to go and immerse himself seven times in the Jordan River because he was a leper, he saw it as an insult, when he later changed his mind did it, he was healed of his leprosy.  Naaman was healed because he later obeyed God’s instruction through Elisha. This was the reward for his obedience.

Also, in the gospel, ten lepers asked Jesus for healing and Jesus told them to go and show themselves to a priest (this is a test of faith). As they turned to go, they were healed (the reward for their obedience). 
So whenever we obey God’s commands, he always rewards us. Learn to obey God’s instructions, especially the ones from his priests. Neglect not the instructions of the priests of God because God always speaks to us through them.

Another lesson from these two passages of the scripture is the importance of being thankfulness or grateful to God and to our fellow man whenever we receive favour. Also, the quickest way to receive favour from God is to thank him for the things he had already done for you. Most times, God expects thanksgiving from us. A story goes like this:

There was a woman who always goes to the chapel to pray and whenever she prays, God answers her. One day, her daughter was very sick and as usual, she went to the chapel to pray, but this time God did not grant her request. She prayed continuously for a week all to no avail. The next week, she went again to pray. When she knelt down, she asked God Why he has refused to answer her. As she was praying, her eyes caught one of the wall frames in the chapel. The write up read: “WHY NOT TRY THANKSGIVING?” After the write-up, she went home and decided to go for thanksgiving in the church for all that the Lord has done for her. The following day after the thanksgiving, her daughter was healed.

SO WHENEVER YOU PRAY AND IT SEEMS THAT GOD DIDN’T HEAR YOUR PRAYER, THANK HIM FOR THE FAVOUR YOU HAD ALREADY RECEIVED FROM HIM.

In the second reading, St. Paul writes, “The saying is sure: If we have died with him we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself”.

Learn to endure for the sake of Christ. St. Paul endured a lot, he was humiliated, chained and put to prison and above all, he died a painful death – All for the sake of Christ

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