Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus passed through Samaria and Galilee, and as he entered a village, ten lepers came to meet him. Keeping their distance, they called to him, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Jesus said to them, “Go, and show yourselves to the priests.” Then, as they went on their way, they found they were cured. One of them, as soon as he saw that he was cleansed, turned back, praising God in a loud voice; and throwing himself on his face before Jesus, he gave him thanks. This man was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked him, “Were not all ten healed? Where are the other nine? Did none of them decide to return and give praise to God, but this foreigner?” And Jesus said to him, “Stand up and go your way; your faith has saved you.”
READ: The first reading shows Naaman thanking God for his healing by turning to God and honoring him. The same event is seen in the gospel where a Samaritan, after receiving his cure, praised and thanked God.
REFLECT: We are familiar with the term persona non-grata, which refers to ungrateful people. We can be hospitable and generous, but somehow we can also be sensitive and allergic to people who show no gratitude to the things that we do. Hence, it's quite easy for us to look at these people as persona non-grata. But while we feel slighted by thankless people, have we not missed thanking God who has given us everything?
PRAY: Lord, may I always realize that everything I have is yours and that the reason I am enjoying comfort and convenience in life is because you have never failed to bless me.
ACT: The Eucharist means Thanksgiving. Attend Holy Mass today and thank the Lord for all his blessings.
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