13 Nov 2019: Real Faith

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Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin
Readings: Wis 6:1-11, Lk 17:11-19

In today’s gospel we see the real faith of the people. As Jesus is passing near the sick people shouted at the best of their voice, ‘Jesus, Master, take pity on us.’ Master is a term used by the servants or slaves to address their owner. Here the sick people are calling Jesus ‘Master’ by surrendering themselves before Jesus as a slave or a servant. This shoes a total surrender from their part. They had the faith that Jesus can heal them. Now the answer that Jesus gave for their cry was something really odd. ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ They were expecting a healing from Jesus, but Jesus asked them to show themselves to somebody else. At this moment usually anybody can lose faith, but they didn’t give up. They went ahead to do as Jesus asked him to do. Their faith in Jesus helped them to overcome their sickness. Jesus himself says, ‘Your faith has saved you.’ Let us surrender ourselves to Jesus and make him the master of our lives, and witness the miracles that Jesus will work in us.

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