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9th Oct. 2016 - 28th Sunday of the Year C

posted 8 Oct 2016, 01:06 by Veronica Yarwood

H.B. & Hw.


Naanan, the former leper, returns to Elisha. Naanan, the

cleansed leper, acknowledges the Lord. Naaman, the former

pagan, recognises the Lord and accepts the truth. Naaman, the

convert, confesses the Lord. Naaman professes the Lord. We

witness a  paradigm shift in the Naaman story; a. shift all the Way

from paganism to faith in the one God. "Now I know.. . there

no God in all the earth except in Israel." (2 Kings 5, 14-17)

Naarnan sings anew song. He sings it to the Lord, who works

wonders and brings salvation. The conversion and

transformation of Naaman is registered in his final word,"...

your servant will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any god

except the Lord?' We have much to learn from Naaman about

conversion, transformation, consciousness and tuning into the

universe, about faith in God.


On our way from the Second Book of Kings to the Gospel of

Luke, we discover deeper refinement to faith in God. Whereas

all ten lepers have faith in Jesus, only one, a foreigner, comes

back to give praise to God. He finds himself cured, turns back

praising God at the top of his voice and throws himself at the feet

of Jesus and thanks him. Jesus' response? "Your faith has save

you." (Luke 17, 11-19) Praise and thanks then are a crucial

dimension to ever deeper faith. Faith glorifies the Deity. Faith

totally beholden to the Almighty.


So there is no way that our religion can be a back-burner issue,

mere background reverberation. Life and religion are concurrent

and  simultaneous. "There is an eternal, ever present One Life

beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and

death." (Eckhart Tolle) We use the word 'God' to describe it.

Daniel O'Leary suggests: "Sometimes we speak in terms of the

Cosmic Christ, sometimes Christ consciousness, sometimes thc

indwelling divinity. However we name it, it is this force that

integrates, infuses and redeems the whole creation. This force

awakens and reconfigures our human psyche and the ways of the

universe into the one flow of grace."


And we are invited, "to discover within ourselves, our own

potential for creativity and unity, for reconciling in ourselves all

that is splintered and separated, for allowing the original onenes

with God to happen again within and around us. As it was for…

all great peacemakers, for Jesus and for all of us, the truly human

heart is the divine catalyst of everything that has lost its place in

God's original dream for the earth." (Everywhere and Nowhere,

Daniel 0 'Leary. The Tablet, 2nd  Oct. 2010)


Our life of prayer is constant return to this truth that is God,

whom we acknowledge as our very consciousness. We glorify

the Deity out of our total dependence, finding the asylum that is

home and wellbeing. As Paul expresses it, "we. . . reign with

Christ," "And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son

himself, will be subject in his turn, to the One who subjected all

things to him, so that God may be all in all." (1 Corinthians, 15.2

". . . so that God may be all in all." End of story. "God's origin

dream for the earth." ".. . that God may be all in all."