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Twenty-eighth Sunday after Pentecost

In the Gospel for today, cleanses ten lepers of their disease, but only one, a Samaritan, returns to render thanks and praise to God.

The Epistle reading today develops two ideas.  The first is that we must give thanks to the Father because he saved us from the powers of darkness, brought us into the Kingdom of his Son, and cleansed us of our sins through the Blood of the Redeemer.   The second consists of objective reflections on the glory of the Son.


The readings below are Sunday, December 10, 2023.

Today's Epistle reading: [Colossians 1.12-18]:

Giving thanks to God the Father, who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light.  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins.  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.  For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers.  All things were created by him and in him.  And he is before all; and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may hold the primacy:



Today's Gospel reading: [Luke 17.12-19]:

And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off.  And lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  Whom when he saw, he said: Go, shew yourselves to the priests.  And it came to pass, as they went, they were made clean.  And one of them, when he saw that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God.  And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks.  And this was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering, said: Were not ten made clean?  And where are the nine?  There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger.  And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.