Reflection
Ordinary
Time 
     
13th October
2019 
     
 28th
Sunday
"Give thanks to the Lord!"

Longing for healing and expressing gratitude are threads that pull together all of the scripture we pray this Sunday.

In the First Reading, Naaman, commander of a foreign king’s army, cannot use his power to escape the ravages of leprosy. Yet with a spirit of humility and hope-filled faith, he goes in search of healing from the God of Israel. Though not an Israelite, his life is transformed and changed forever by God’s healing power.

The Psalm is a rapturous song of praise, expressing very much how we imagine Naaman might have felt after being healed.

St. Paul, in the Second Reading, writes a letter of encouragement from his place of imprisonment, proclaiming that the good news of Jesus Christ risen from the dead cannot be chained up. Faith in Christ will bring us freedom from our hardships.

The physical healing of leprosy is also at the heart of the Gospel story, but we are encouraged to look deeper by reflecting on the questions that Jesus poses after ten people with leprosy are healed. It is only a Samaritan who returns to give thanks to Jesus. Perhaps even after being healed, he is no longer welcome in his fellow group of non-Samaritans? He remains a social pariah, but Jesus welcomes him and demonstrates that the spirit of God’s healing love is for all people, not just the chosen few.

This week, let us be especially grateful that we belong to a community united in love and prayer – and let us pray for each other that we may be a source of God’s healing to those who are rejected today.


 
Click the link below to read the Papal Document
            Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive.pdf

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St. Mary Magdalen 

and St. Teresa 

St. Oswald

Parishes within the Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool



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Regular Sunday Services:

Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings:

5:00 pm: St. Oswald's

6:30 pm: St. Teresa's

Sunday Mass:

8:30 am: St. Oswald's

9:30 am: St. Teresa's

11:00 am: St. Mary Magdalen's

Click on the link below to confirm this week's services and times:

2019 10 13 Services for the Week.pdf


 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

(please check with the 
Weekly Newsletter
for any changes)
   Normally: 10:00 am - 10:30 am on

1st Saturday of the Month: St. Teresa's
2nd Saturday of the Month: St. Oswald's


(or by appointment with the Priest in either Parish)