I found myself contemplating last weekend’s Gospel reading from Luke far more intently than I probably expected. We read that Jesus heals ten lepers in a village near Samaria. One of the lepers, a Samaritan, upon realizing he was now clean, immediately returns to Jesus thanks him and praises God. This act makes Jesus reply- “Were not all ten made clean? Where are the others? It seems that no one has come back to give praise except this foreigner.” Jesus tells the man that his faith has saved him.I was picturing Jesus uttering the statement and question that he did amid a sense of curiosity that his healing action brought about little response from the others who had encountered this caring, compassionate moment with Jesus, and for whom had just received a life changing experience.
Faith, salvation and thanksgiving are all underlined in this Gospel narrative. The Gospel reading urges us to be like the healed Samaritan leper- praise God accordingly for the things he does for us and be thankful for the things we receive. And as we constantly see in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that the kingdom of God is already among us, but to see it we need eyes of faith and a grateful heart. The actions of others who reach out to us in our times of need, the thoughtful concern, the loving kindness, the patience shown and given, the gentleness of few uplifting words, are all calls for us to imitate Christ in our own circumstances. Jesus model to us quite attractively the touching, compassionate human response. We are called to do likewise.
But on a very simplistic level, being complacent or indifferent to moments when we are touched by the generosity of others without our ability to express our gratitude is part of the narrative here as well.
Words of thanks may not come easy or we simply accept situations that present themselves as the norm. We are encouraged by Christ to place ourselves in moments of gratitude. To be thankful for all those encounters in life which enrich us, which touch us profoundly and for which God is ever present.
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2020 school year.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast