On this Wednesday of the XXXII week of Ordinary Time, the readings offer us profound teachings and important reminders regarding the responsibility of those who hold authority and power in society. The first reading, taken from the book of Wisdom, issues words of warning to leaders and rulers, reminding them that the power they wield is not an end in itself but a means to fulfill the will of God.
The call to reflection becomes even more urgent by emphasizing that the Lord will examine not only external actions but also the intentions of those in positions of authority. The responsibility to govern rightly, abide by the law, and live according to the will of God is a reminder of the importance of justice and righteousness in the exercise of power.
The Responsorial Psalm reinforces this message, urging us to protect the weak and needy, to do justice to the humble and the helpless. This call to action is imbued with the idea that our faith and obedience to God are manifested in how we treat the most vulnerable in society.
The Word of God urges us to learn divine wisdom and seek justice, and the Gospel presents a concrete example of responding to divine grace. The story of the ten lepers underscores the importance of gratitude and faith in the life of a believer.
In this narrative, Jesus not only performs a miracle of physical healing but also highlights the spiritual healing that occurs when we recognize God’s hand in our lives. The Samaritan, as a foreigner, demonstrates exceptional faith by returning and thanking Jesus. Jesus’ question about the other nine lepers who did not return resonates as a call to examine our own lives and ask ourselves if we recognize and adequately appreciate God’s blessings.
The pre-Gospel acclamation reminds us that giving thanks is always God’s will. Gratitude is not only an appropriate response to God’s merciful acts but also an expression of faith leading to salvation. Just as Jesus said to the Samaritan, “Rise and go; your faith has saved you,” we too can experience salvation when, with grateful hearts, we acknowledge God’s work in our lives and respond with faith and gratitude.
On this day, may the readings inspire us to examine our actions, seek divine wisdom in the exercise of power, practice justice, and live with a grateful heart. May faith and gratitude guide our lives, leading us to a deeper relationship with God and loving service to our fellow human beings. May we, like the Samaritan, hear the words of Jesus: ‘Your faith has saved you.’ Amen.”