March 9, 2015
In the time of Elisha the prophet, during the Jewish diaspora to foreign lands, a leading commander of their adversary came to the land of Judah seeking a miraculous healing. After a rather disappointing route to that healing, Naaman – returned with his whole retinue to the man of God. On his arrival he stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.” 2 Kgs 5:1-15ab
Sometimes, beloved, miracles come from the most unlikely of places. Sometimes we are endowed with the grace of forgiveness, the grace of compassion and the grace of healing, even when we might not deserve it. THIS is what Jesus is offering us all! All we need do is come and ask.
And if we are already strong believers, that just might be the time for a good Lenten check to reignite that love – for as Jesus said: “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. .. there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” Lk 4:24-30
The Grace of Conversion often happens when we let go of our preconceptions of what conversion is supposed to look like and accept it in whatever way it comes to us. Maybe it’s the smile of an infant. Maybe the nod of a stranger. And maybe even the seemingly undeserved thanks from a homeless street person. Every day, beloved, we should be converted over and over again to a stronger love for God – and for ALL of His Children!
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