On October 13th, we celebrated Sunday 28 in ordinary Time – Year C
God’s voice in the Readings (2Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98; 2 Timothy 2; 8-13; Lk 17:11-19), called us to “BE ALWAYS GRATEFUL”.
Fair to say, many of us have worked very hard for what we have - a good paying job, a comfortable house, a perfect marriage, strong faith, an amazing friendship, good grades, a nice car, a beautiful yacht, and so on. What is also true, is that all that we have, we have received. This is what St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthians when he asks a very profound question: “What do you have that you have not received”? (1Cor 4:7). Such a profound question should compel us to take a hard took into our personal lives in regard to whether we have been as grateful as we should.
Take for instance the 10 lepers in the Gospel Reading, who were cured of leprosy by Jesus, yet only one returned and expressed his gratitude to Jesus. The other nine went on their way. Typical of our modern culture, where many live under a false sense of entitlement – as if everything is a given.
How often do some people pray to God for help and when help comes around, God is quickly forgotten? How often do generous people go out of their way to help those in need, yet their help is often taken for granted? We see this attitude of ingratitude happening on daily basis across the spectrum of our personal lives: where friends take the gift of their friendship for granted; where spouses take the love of each other for granted; where children take the love of their parents for granted; where some parents take the gift of their children for granted; where students take the good advice of their teachers for granted; where supervisors take the hard work of their employees for granted. Not to mention those who dedicate their lives and sacrifice their time, talent, and treasure in the service of the Church, yet often times are taken for granted.
Point is, being grateful is a good thing. Gratitude is key to our inner joy and peace. Most researchers agree that people who are always grateful, tend to be more joyful and peaceful in life. A person who goes through life with an ungrateful heart, as if life has been unfair, that life owes them much more than they have received, such a person will always be miserable, sad, and empty inside. You and I need not to become that person. So, let us always be grateful, that we may be joyful. AMEN.
Peace be with you!