October 14,2007 28th Sunday of Year C

Have you ever notices how your heart is lifted up when someone says, and really means, the words “thank you”. Do we ourselves perhaps say these words with our lips only? Or do we never say “thank you” ? just taking the gift or kindness for granted. Ingratitude hurts one’s heart. Let us say a genuine “thank you” to people who live or work with us. But let us not forget to say “thank you” to God who has showered us with gifts. Do we take God’s gifts for granted? In today’s Gospel Jesus heals 10 men of a fearful skin disorder. 9 went off without thanking him. One comes back with a heart full of gratitude. Jesus gives him the gift of love. Are we among the nine, or the one who returns? Here is a practical (and interesting!) way to enter into the prayer of thanksgiving to God. God is the basic source of everything we have and are. Before we can make our prayer of gratitude concrete, we begin by re-discovering all the gifts, graces, and good things that we have and are. Before we can make our prayer of gratitude concrete, we begin by re-discovering all the gifts, graces, and good things that we have received during our whole life. So take a pencil and paper and make list from one to nine of favours and blessings you have received. (‘Nine’ to replace the 9 ungrateful ones in the Gospel!) In a quiet atmosphere of prayer some very interesting, long forgotten things come to the surface. For example I remember a very kind Mr.Roberts who taught us “Woodwork” when I was in middle school. “Woodword” is still my hobby and recreation. It relaxes me. Thank you God! Thank you Mr.Roberts! The prayer of gratitude to God is vitally important. Try it. (An interesting side-effect of this prayer is that it is heart medicine against pride. Gratitude acknowledges that everything I have is from God ? not me.)

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