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MONDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT.
LESSON. (iv Kings v. I — 15.) Ix those days, Naaman, general of the army of the King of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable: for by him the Lord gave deliverance to Syria: and he was a valiant man and rich, but a leper. Now there had gone out robbers from Syria, and had led away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid, and she waited upon Naaman's wife, and she said to her mistress: I wish my master had been with the prophet, that is in Samaria: he would certainly have healed him of the leprosy, which he hath. Then Naaman went in to his lord, and told him, saying: Thus and thus said the girl that came from the land of Israel. And the King of Syria said to him: Go, and I will send a letter to the King of Israel: and he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thou- sand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment, and brought the letter to the King of Israel, in these words: When thous halt receive this letter, know that I have sent to thee Naaman my servant, that thou mayest heal him of his leprosy. And when the King of Israel had read the letter, he rent his garments, and said: Am I God, to be able to kill and give life, that this man hath sent to me, to heal a man of his leprosy? Mark, and see how he seeketh occasions against me. And when Eliseus the man of God had heard this, to wit, that the King of Israel had rent his garments, he sent to him, saying: Why hast thou rent thy garments? let him come to me and let him know that there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman came with his horses and chariots,and stood at the door of the house of Eliseus: and Eliseus sent a messenger to him, saying: Go, and wash seven times in the Jordan, and thy flesh shall recover health, and thou shalt be clean. Naaman was angry, and went away, saying: I thought he would have come out to me, and standing would have invoked the name of the Lord his God, and touched with his hand the place of the leprosy, and healed me. Are not the Abana, and the Pharphar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel, that I may wash in them, and be made clean? So as he turned, and was going away with indignation, his servants came to him, and said to him: Father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, surely thou shouldst have done it: how much rather what he now hath said to thee: Wash, and thou shalt be clean? Then he went down. and washed in the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God. and his flesh was restored, like the flesh of a little child, and he was made clean. And returning to the man of God with all his train, he came, and stood before him, and said: In truth I know there is no other God in all the earth. but only in Israel.
INSTRUCTION. The washing of Naaman the leper in the river Jordan, as required by the prophet Eliseus, by which the leprosy was healed, is a type of the holy sacraments of Baptism and Penance, “By which” as St. Ambrose says, "the leprosy of the soul, sin. is removed." Make frequent use of the holy Sacrament of Penance that your soul may become ever purer and more agreeable to God.
GOSPEL. (Luke iv. 23 — 30. At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees: Doubtless you will say to me this similitude: Physician heal thyself: as great things as we have heard done in Carpharnaum, do also here in thy own country. And he said: Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country. In truth I say to you , there were many widows in the days of Elias in Israel, when heaven was shut up three years and six months: when there was a great famine throughout all the earth: and to none of them was Elias sent, but to Sarephta of Sidon, to a widow-woman. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and none of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, hearing these things, were filled with anger. And they rose up and thrust him out of the city: and they brought him to the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them, went his way.
EXPLANATION. The Nazarenes despised our Saviour because of His humble birth, but when they learned of His miracles, they asked that He would also heal the sick and injured of His native place. But He refused their request, because they were without faith. See from this how important it is, if you desire not to be abandoned by God, as were the Nazarenes, but to be aided by Him, that you should have a lively faith. This is a gift of God, for which you should daily pray.