Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Leo the Great—(c.400-+461) Pope and Doctor of the Church
Wisdom 6:1-11, Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7, & Luke 17:11-19
Gratitude is God's Gift to us.
Today's Gospel narrative relates Jesus' healing of the ten lepers. We learn that only one of the ten praised God afterward. "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?" Our Lord never said that they were not grateful. Perhaps they were so glad to be free of their terrible disease they immediately ran to their family and friends to rejoice with them. I suspect that it is one thing to be thankful, and it is another thing to express thanks, especially to God.
Expressing gratitude to God is not merely an instance of being nice to God. It is not quite the same sort of thanks which we write or call to a friend or relative who has given us a gift for our birthday. Expressing gratitude to God draws us more deeply into a relationship with Him. The words of a weekday preface for Mass put it beautifully, "You have no need of our praise, yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift."
Dear friends, our desire to thank is a gift of God, and it has been placed deep within us to move us even more closely to Him. When we pray, we must remember to thank God for the very gift of our lives, for our family, friends, and world filled with the beauty of God Himself.
Questions of the Day: What are you thankful for at this very moment? Does the mere thought of one or many things surface in you to desire to give thanks?
Prayer: "Rise up, O God, bring judgment to the earth."