2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 (R/. cf. 2b); 2 Timothy 2:8-13; 1 Thessolonians5:18; Luke 17:11-19
It is a shame we only hear the ending of the story about Naaman, the foreign general with leprosy whom Elisha the prophet heals. When the prophet sends word to jump in the river seven times, Naaman is incensed. “The Jordan! The Jordan?” he mutters. But, after some prodding, Naaman trusts in the prophet’s words as God’s word. Result: skin like a baby’s! Believing that a God could only work on his own turf, Naaman asks for two mule-loads of earth so he may worship Israel’s God after returning home.
Trusting in the word of Jesus brings about the cure of ten lepers. Only the Samaritan returns to day thank you. Notice that he begins by falling on his knees before Jesus, signaling that he recognizes God at work in Jesus.
In both of these readings, faith reveals itself as trust and obedience to God’s word. Paul reminds us that this word cannot be chained, held down to any one place or time, but it will work its way in the world and in the lives of those who listen for it, and then respond wholeheartedly.
How has God’s word brought healing in your life?