28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C)
One of the first things we try to teach children is to say “please” and “thank you”. The magic words. It is a way of recognizing that we are neither self-sufficient nor entitled. All we have is a gift from God, our loving Father, and we should be grateful.
But many times, while we are quick with the “please”, we forget about the “thank you”. Such is the case with the ten lepers in today’s gospel. They are quick to beg: “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us” (Lk 17:13). But once their prayer is heard, nine of them go on their way while only one returns to thank the Lord for his mercy.
The Father is lavish with his gifts: life, sustenance, family, friends, a job, the freedom to worship him. The list goes on and on. Do we remember to thank him for all we have received? Do we come back glorifying him like the Samaritan? Or are we like the other nine? Think about it… God bless you!