Oct. 10, 2010 − Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
What do you suppose the neighbors thought when Naaman returned from his journey to Israel with, of all things, two mule-loads of dirt? For a Syrian general to head to Israel was in itself very odd – but to bring back bags of soil? Of course, Naaman was a leper, and desperate men will do desperate things.
The truth was that Naaman had been a leper, but he was now a grateful ex-leper. After some hesitation, he had followed the instructions of the Israelite prophet Elisha and had bathed in the Jordan River. And, behold, he was now cured, according to the reading from 2 Kings. Naaman was very grateful indeed and thanked Elisha, who refused any gift.