Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Giving Thanks

Today's Gospel is the story of the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus. When only one came back in thanks, Jesus seemed put out. "Where are the other nine?" Jesus wanted to have that "one on one" time with each one, to confirm the healing and remind each of them, "It is your faith that has saved you." (In Greek, "heal" and "save" are the same word.)
Even the verse before the Gospel (the Alleluia verse) says that it is God's will that we should give thanks to God. In other words, thanksgiving is our human vocation.

2 comments:

Katie Alender said...

Nothing jolts me out of a funk better than forcing myself to list the things I'm thankful for.

A hard day at work seems small when you consider how lucky you are to have a comfortable, safe job. An inconvenience at the store makes you realize that a lot of people don't have access or resources to procure basic human needs. And so on.

xaipe said...

Gratitude is probably the secret of the best of spirituality.