Those in positions of authority have a great responsibility and a heavy burden. We read about it in today's first reading from Wisdom 6. In the Gospel reading from Luke 17, Jesus heals ten lepers. Only one returns to give thanks for his healing.
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?" Have you ever thought of the answer to Jesus' question? What happened to the other nine?
It would be easy to judge them as ingrates, wouldn't it? I've always thought that way, but that's my judgmental character. But what if one (or more) was so excited about this incredible event that he rushed home to show his family? Or another went to show other lepers, giving them hope that they, too, could be healed? Or one, after being separated from the community because of his disease, went to show the others, hoping to be allowed back in? Think of what may be your first response in a situation like that. And whatever your initial response, be filled with gratitude.
Father, may we always be thankful for our many blessings and healings, giving first thanks to Jesus, and sharing the news with others. Amen.
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