10/9/2022 (Sunday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 17:11-19
11 As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
12 As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him
13 and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
14 And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
16 and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?
18 Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
19 Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”
10/9/2022 (Sunday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 17:11-19
Points for reflection:
1. Jesus performs healing for the marginalized as He continues on His journey to Jerusalem in order to fulfill His central mission of dying on the cross for the salvation of the world. As we continue with our own journey towards His Kingdom, may we look and serve the last, the least and the lost people along the way. This means that even as we focus our eyes on our destination, let us not forget to see and to do what is good in the present moment.
2. Like the ten lepers, we may be “standing at a distance” from others. It is either due to our aloofness or feelings of unworthiness. We may be looking down at others because they are different from us and so we become one of the causes of marginalization. On the other hand, we may have low self-esteem to the point of not interacting much with others and so we marginalize our own self. Let this made-made separations or divisions be healed by the Spirit of love and care.
3. Jesus is our healer. Let us humbly call upon His name to heal our illnesses and brokenness.
4. Ten lepers were healed but only one returned to expressed gratitude. “Where are the other nine?”, Jesus asked. They received the gifts of healing but they forgot to even say thank you. Are you one of them?
Suggested activities to developed the habit of gratitude:
1. Every morning, say thank you for the gift of life, for the gift of a new day, and for new opportunities that the new day may bring.
2. Every night before closing your eyes to sleep, count the number of blessings you receive during the day and thank God for each of them.
3. During your birthday, write as many blessings you receive as your age. For example, if you are 35 years old, write 35 things to thank for.
Always remember that:
1. Gratitude is the true source of joy and not the other way.
2. Gratitude along the way makes your destination fun and easier to reach.
3. Choosing to be grateful opens the door for more blessings.