(Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 9, 2016.
“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?” (Luke 17:17).
Of the ten who were cured, only one came back to glorify God and, thus, his soul was saved. The one who returned, “glorifying God in a loud voice” (Luke 17:15), was the only one of the ten who was able to realize that his restored health was his gift to God, a gift of cooperation to continue God’s saving work.
The one who returned was able to understand that he had established a relationship with God, and consequently, he needed to reestablish a relationship with his fellow human beings, relationship which had being alienated by the illness of leprosy.
The service to God and to all mankind is the ultimate goal of a person’s health and prosperity. After a person is restored to good health, it is appropriate for him to say: I, your servant, “will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the Lord “ (2 Kings 5:17).
The nations of the world will remain needy unless they return to God; in other words, unless we relate to one another as God relates to us. Our world today needs to realize that humanity’s health will truly be restored only when it is placed at the service of all.
This is how God relates to men: by turning death into life, illness into health, injustice into justice, and fragmentation into unity. Once God rescues us from death “we shall also live with him” (2 Timothy 2:11). God will cure the world from its societal maladies only if we collaborate with him by placing ourselves at the service of all.
Those who place their health, possessions, and talents at the service of mankind will hear the voice of God telling them, “stand up and go; your faith has saved you” (Luke 17:19).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)