October 13, 2013: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” (Luke 17:11-19)
Say “thank you” is probably a reminder we heard many times from our parents when we were growing up.
Too bad that most of the lepers in today’s story didn’t learn the lesson. All of them begged Jesus for healing, but only one of them came back to praise God and thank Jesus for the wonderful gift of restored health.
It’s easy to take for granted the good things that we enjoy and we forget to say “thank you” to God or to others.
Take a little time today to be grateful for all that you receive from God, parents, teachers, friends and neighbors.