March 13, 2023, Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent-A

2 Kings 5:1-15

Psalm 42

Luke 4:24-30

But Naaman went away angry… 2 Kings 5:11

When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury.  Lk. 4:28

Lord, in our two scriptures today we see an angry and furious reaction to the ways of God. It seems our ideas of how God is working in our lives come up short when we contemplate his magnificent and unexpected blessings. Naaman almost missed out on being cleansed by his expectations of supernatural methods. You infuriated your friends and neighbors by your words. Why was that your message to them that day? I’m sure you knew what their reaction would be. Lord, it seems so difficult for us to disregard our stereotypes in the light of your truth. Sometimes your solutions to our problems seem too good to be true. What Naaman and your neighbors lacked was faith in the unbounded power to God. You bless, heal and restore us in so many ordinary ways in our daily lives. Encouragement from a friend when we are down, a visit to the Adoration Chapel in our local Catholic Church, the song of a bird early in a dreary morning. Please continue to pour out your grace into our lives as we go about our routine and ordinary daily chores. Give me the eyes of faith to see your love for me.  Amen.