From The Pastor
By law, lepers were were diseased persons, their affliction was contagious, people were afraid of them. They had to announce their presence as “unclean”. The object of all this was to make it easier for healthy people to give them a wide berth; to stay well clear of them. The lepers were non- persons, they were the walking dead. They were not only dead but they were cursed by God.
The healing of leprosy was a miracle comparable to the resurrection of a dead person. Only the Lord could cure leprosy.
I feel the story is more than a lesson in gratitude to God. Yes, we are to be thankful as Jesus mentions “were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?”
But, there appears a touch of sadness in the response of Jesus because only one came back to give thanks to God. I feel the Samaritan is the only one who understood what had happened. The power of God is come among us! He was grateful for his cleansing and is aware of God’s creative power. This Samaritan, this diseased person, a foreigner, a heretic, if you will, acknowledges Jesus is the Messiah of God. Jesus restored him to life.
He returned and fell at the feet of Jesus, glorifying God. He realized only God can do this! He knew nobody is cursed by God, is beyond His reach, beyond his healing mercy. Salvation is open to all. Now, that’s Good News!
– Fr. Joe
- Special Call For Artists!
St. Dunstan’s Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019. If you or someone you know is interested in obtaining a space to sell their crafts, please contact Ann at the Parish Office.
- St. Dunstan Fall Festival: “Hollywood Knights" will be held on October 11th, 12th & 13th. Please take a wish card off the walls of the church and donate the items you selected. Bring your donations to the parish office or school office, Monday through from 8:00am to 4:00pm. We will also be selling pre-sale ride wristbands at a discount and festival t-shirts in front of the church after every Sunday mass. Thank you for supporting our festival! We hope to see you there!!
- Next weekend’s second collection will be for the Parish Maintenance & Development Fund.