Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday of the Third Week
What stands out to me in this reading is an expectation that many of us cannot help but have.  Naaman, a leper, believes that he will be healed by the power of God with the wave of a hand.  When the simple task of washing in the Jordan seven times is prescribed, his expectations are not met and he angrily dismisses what he is told.

I often personally think of God showing His presence through grand and intricate miracles, just like Naaman.  It’s easy to overlook His presence in things like the beauty of nature or the loving encounters we have with family and friends on an everyday basis.  Taking a step back and appreciating what we often take for granted is an important step toward finding God in our lives.

When Naaman is upset with being told to wash seven times in the Jordan, his servant says, “if the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary, would you not have done it?”  I began to imagine what Elisha could have prescribed that would have been seen as extraordinary, but after thinking about it, I began to see the fact that God used something as normal as water to heal a disease as extraordinary.  The use of something we perceive to be common as a vehicle for God’s power is an inspirational display.
God, thank You for the many blessings You have given us. Help us to recognize Your presence in all aspects of our life, both the big and small. Amen.

Chris Moskal, ‘13

 First Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-15b
Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Gospel: Luke 4:24-30

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

1 comment:

Anna said...

We expect God to do extraordinary things in an extraordinary way, but God is definitely a God of surprises! How often we dismiss God when He is presence in the simple, everyday ways, yet He is around us. May our eyes be open to seeing even the ordinary as extraordinary! Thanks for your refleciton Chris!