Is it not true that when we pray it is often for our own interests expecting God to answer us at once?
Is it not often true that we take many things for granted: a healthy body, family, house, food, job until we are hit by trials? At that moment, do we stop praying and stop loving and thanking God?
We hear two stories of lepers who have a common request: to be healed of their leprosy. Yet none of them are healed immediately following their plea. Naaman (Kings 2: 5), was commanded by the prophet to go to the Jordan and bathe seven times. He was not happy to obey this kind of surprising command but nevertheless did it in an act of faith.
“Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in the entire world except in Israel”.
In the Gospel we see that Jesus asks the ten lepers to go to the priests. We Catholics go to confession to the priest instead of confessing directly to God because Jesus gave the power to his priests to absolve sinners from their sins (John 20:23)
“Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a
Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17)
Jesus expects gratitude from us and a strong faith in God and in his mediators, who now are priests of the new covenant and who forgive sins in his name. (John 20:23).
Our Lady, our spiritual mother, never stopped thanking God for His mercy toward her and toward mankind even in her times of trial. She lived in hope, attentive to all her son’s teachings.
We ask Mary, our Mother to pray so that our pride, our true leprosy, completely disappears.