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Monday of the Third Week of Lent – March 21, 2022

Bishop’s Reflections

March 21, 2022

For every day during Lent, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Monday of the Third Week of Lent – March 21, 2022

In our First Reading for today, Naaman had a problem. He was a leper. Although he was not a Jew, he was told that a person in Israel could heal him. So, out of desperation for the return of good health he eventually came before Elisha the prophet. Elisha told him to bathe seven times in the Jordan River and he would be healed.

Naaman was angry. It was too simple a remedy, he thought. It couldn’t work. It didn’t involve any special words, gestures, or wonderful potions. He left that place.

But his servants reasoned with him. “Give it a try,” they said. And he did just that. He went into the Jordan River seven times and after the seventh time his skin was leprosy-free. Amazing what can happen when we listen to the voice of God, whether it comes to us from a prophet like Elisha, the written word of the Bible, the teaching of our Church, or the Spirit that speaks to us in the silent recesses of our heart.

And Jesus also said to take bread, bless it, break it and share it and it would be his Body, and in a similar way the wine that is poured out and shared for us at holy Mass would be his Blood. Let’s not doubt that God can work mysteriously great works among us using very simple methods.

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