A Leper’s Messiah (Study for Sunday, Oct 13, 2013)

Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)

First Reading
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Jeremiah advises the exiles from Jerusalem to Babylon to go one with their lives while in exile, and even to pray for the welfare of their occupiers, since their well-being and the exiles’ well-being are married together.

2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c
Story of Naaman (copied from July 7, 2013 study)
Naaman is a great warrior for King Aram but he suffers from leprosy.  Elisha invites Naaman to his house in order to be healed.  When Naaman gets there Elisha sends a servant felt tells him to bathe himself seven times in the river Jordan. Naaman is offended that Elisha doesn’t come out in person and almost goes home. But his servant convinces him to follow through on what Elisha has told him to do, and he is healed.

Psalm
Psalm 66:1-12
A song of praise for a God who not only is with God’s people through times of hardship and trial, but who also delivers those same people into liberation.

and
Psalm 111

A poem reinforcing the idea that God keeps God’s promises. For the psalmist, the beginning of wisdom is found in respecting what is expected of us by God in our covenants with God.

Second reading
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Although Paul is imprisoned, he offers confidence to Timothy that the word of God cannot be similarly restrained. His followers are called to endurance and faithfulness, and Timothy himself is emboldened by Paul to present himself as an authoritative leader, whose teaching supersedes the bickering about interpretation of Scripture that the early Christians under his care might otherwise engage in.

Gospel
Luke 17:11-19
Jesus offers healing to ten lepers. He orders them to go to the Temple to show the priests that they have been healed, and along the way, they realize the healing has taken place. Only one of the ten returns to Jesus to offer him praise. Jesus notes that only this “foreigner” has demonstrated the kind of faith that truly will make him well. 

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