Giving Thanks

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Being a leader of people brings great responsibility. Leaders should always strive to attain wisdom. We see this call in our first reading today from Wisdom 6. We must always be praying for our leaders, civil and religious. Let us pray that they will always be open to a greater acceptance of the Holy Spirit.

In the Gospel reading today, we see a story of ten lepers yelling to the Lord, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” Jesus sends them to the priests and on the way, they all realize that they are healed of their leprosy. Only one, a Samaritan, returns to Jesus to give Him thanks. Jesus says, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?” He then says to the Samaritan, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

Being cured of leprosy was a big deal – a miracle to be sure. I’m sure that, had you or I been amongst the healed, we would have returned giving thanks and praise to Jesus. Because that was a big honkin’ miracle. But do we recognize all the “little” miracles that Jesus brings about in our lives every day? Like the last breath that you just took. Or the fact that you can even read this. Are we giving thanks for all of these things? Or do we only stop by to thank Jesus for the really big stuff?

Father, you know how ungrateful we can be; how we take so many of your miracles for granted. Help us to recognize everything as the miracle that it is, and always give you thanks. Amen.

Today’s Readings


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