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First Reading for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

2 Kings 5:14-17

Summary: Naaman was healed of leprosy after obeying Elisha's instruction. He acknowledged the God of Israel and vowed to worship only Him. Elisha refused Naaman's gift.

Naaman's Cleansing and Conversion

Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of Elisha, the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean of his leprosy.

Naaman returned with his whole retinue to the man of God.

On his arrival he stood before Elisha and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel. Please accept a gift from your servant.”

Elisha replied, “As the LORD lives whom I serve, I will not take it;” and despite Naaman’s urging, he still refused.

Naaman said: “If you will not accept, please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth, for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the LORD.”

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