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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The word mercy literally means "sorrowful at heart". But mercy is more than just compassion, or heartfelt sorrow at another's misfortune. While compassion empathizes with the sufferer, mercy goes further. It removes suffering. A merciful person shares in another's misfortune and suffering as if it were his own. And he will do everything in his power to dispel that misery. Mercy is also connected with justice. Thomas Aquinas said that mercy "does not destroy justice, but is a certain kind of fulfillment of justice. Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty." Pardon without repentance negates justice. So what is the significance of these ten lepers asking for mercy? They know they are in need of healing, not just physical, but spiritual healing as well. They approach Jesus with contrition and faith because they believe that he can release the burden of guilt and suffering and make restoration of body and soul possible. Their request for mercy is both a plea for pardon and release from suffering. Jesus gives mercy to all who ask with faith and contrition.
Word of the Day...
Jeremiah 29:11"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Prayer ...
In our struggles, O Lord, help us find your grace not in the relief of struggle and pain, but in the redemption and change of our heart and our habits to your glory. By your grace and in the name of our Savior Infant Jesus we ask it. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (October 13, 2013)
Day: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 144
Colour: Green
First Reading: 2 Kgs 5:14-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
Second Reading: 2 Tm 2:8-13
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
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