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! _ 0ctober 9, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Commentary 9 By FATHER .ONALD DILGER Gospel commentary for Sunday, Oct. 11, 1992, Twen " --- C " ty-elghth Sunday of Ordinary Time, ycle C: Luke 17:11-19 .. At the beginning of today's reading Luke antis it necessary to recall that Jesus is on the Way to Jerusalem and the fulfillment of his des- tiny. Due to intervening and sometimes discon- nected material that Luke did not want to aban- don, the reader tends to forget that chapters 9:51 to 19:44 are actually the account of a journey. Thus Luke writes. "On the way to Jerusalem he aWsaS passing between Samaria and Galilee." Here m other instances Luke shows little grasp of e geography of Palestine. Either Luke thought e was some territory between Samaria and zlUJ_ uee, which there was not, or he portrays Jesus ,gzagging between the two provinces. It is interesting to note that the same journey to Jerusalem occurs in the Gospel of Mark, but the route is not through Samaria as it is in Luke. Luke has an unusual interest in Samaria in both his gospel and in his second book, Acts of Apos- ues. And so, as Jesus and his disciples travel "be- tween Samaria and Galilee," they encounter ten pers. Lepers kept their distance because that as the law: "Command the people of Israel that }hey put out of the camp every leper .... The aP er Who has the disease shall wear torn clothes ,:*,u Let his hair hang loose and cover his upper lip a,a cry out: 'Unclean! Unclean!'" ne ten lepers shout: "Jesus, Master, have Ten lepers healed: Gratitude of an outcast mercy on us." Jesus does not go to them and touch them as he touched a leper earlier in the gospel to cure him. The cure is accomplished by remote. Jesus orders them to go show themselves to the priests. They are on the way to do this and are cured enroute. Only one returns to say "thank you." Luke adds: "And he was a Samaritan." We may assume that Luke intends to say that the other nine lepers were Jews. Even though Jews and Samaritans were racially diverse and con- stantly at odds with each other, shared misfor- tune brought these Jews and one Samaritan together. Jesus asks:" Was no one found to return and give glory to God but this foreigner?" And then adds: "Get up and go. Your faith has saved you." These two sentences indicate why Luke includes this story in his gospel. The foreigners, non-Jews, represent the Gentile church for which Luke is writing. They needed to be reassured that the Jewish Messiah and the Christian community that followed him considered them as important and as acceptable to God as the Jews. This may not seem obvious to us, but when we study the early Christian movement in the New Testament we see there was a great struggle in early Chris- tianity over the admission of non-Jews into the Church on an equal basis with converts from Ju- daism. Luke had already used in his gospel the parable of the Good Samaritan. There an impor- tant point was that a true neighbor is not neces- i i I sarily ahvays found among those of the same race or religion, that God's grace works also in those who are not members of the predominant groups in a given society. Luke will portray Peter stating the principle flowing from both the parable of the Good Samaritan and the story of the ten lepers: "Truly I see that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him," Acts 10:34-35. It is not difficult to apply today's gospel reading to our own times. It speaks to the horror of "ethnic cleansing" in the states formed out of Yugoslavia. Religious-racial-political diversity is as old as the human race and has often caused hatred, persecution, war. Our own Church has much to repent of in its historical past. It is true that Jewish authorities first persecuted Chris- tians as heretics. It is also true that once Chris- tianity became dominant, Christians persecuted Jews, and continued to do so until the twentieth century. The crimes against Protestants during the centuries of the Inquisition were later re- peated against Catholics in Elizabethan Eng- land. To bring this Sunday's gospel closer to home: Are we willing to accept as sisters and brothers Jews, Muslims, and Protestant Chris- tians? Are we willing to accept them as equals before God? Other readings for Sunday, Oct. 11:I1 Kings 5:14-17; II Timothy 2:8-13 ....... ' K of C football league play continues to the Message ..... : .... ': /: :  ........ Submitted by Thomas 1. deemer on the scoreboard in touchdown at the game in tle - Jones, league president the first quarter of the first fourth quarter on a 22-yard game. 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