In the first reading, we read of Naaman who was a leper. Elisha told Naaman to go into the Jordan river and plunge himself seven times. As you may know, the number seven means perfection or completion. It is the number connected to God (Deuteronomy 5:12, Joshua 6:3-4, Exodus 25:37). By stating that Naaman was plunging himself seven times in the Jordan, this meant that he became good with God. His flesh became like that of a little child. When we return to God, we are like children running back to our parent(s) after wandering away too far. The statement that Naaman's flesh became like that of a child should remind us of what Jesus say about being like a child (Matthew 18:3). It is only when we reach this humility that we see God and our leprosy (sin) is removed.
We have seen His saving power, as the Responsorial Psalm tells us. This is why we sing to God a new song and praise Him for He has made known His salvation to each of us. We must remain faithful and share this news of salvation to all of the world even if we suffer as St. Paul tells us in the second reading (Matthew 28:19). Jesus Christ rose from the dead (Luke 24). This was not metaphorical nor a legend. He really did rise. We do not need to see a video of it to believe this. At the time, many people claimed to be the messiah and did not last long (Matthew 24:24). People did not believe them and abandoned these preachers. The main reasons as to why this happened is because 1) they did not fulfill the prophesies and 2) they did not perform the works of God. Jesus did fulfill the prophecies and performed many miracles (Matthew 5:17, John 19:30, John 20:30). However, despite performing them, some still did not believe. The resurrection changed this for many. The early Catholic Church would not have grown the way it did if the resurrection did not happen. People would not dedicate their lives to Christianity if it was based on tall tales and legend. They would not face persecution, torture and death if who they were suffering
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