Developing a Gratitude Attitude

Developing a Gratitude Attitude

By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Wis. 6:1-11, Lk. 17:11-19. Today’s first reading is a warning to those in authority that they must realise that they will be held accountable to God for how they used their power. They must exercise it in a way which shows they are concerned for those who are under their care. God will be more lenient when it comes to pardoning the sinfulness of the lowly than in pardoning those who have usurped their power for their own sake rather than for the good of those whom they are called to serve. We sometimes forget that the ultimate source of our authorities, graces and gifts is God. That is what makes the Samaritan leper special and distinguishes him from the other nine as recounted in today’s Gospel. All ten were equally healed by Jesus of a disease that left them only half-alive. Only one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice.

This man knelt down in a gesture of deep appreciation. He thanked Jesus, but praised God. He had the insight to understand that God had cured him. Strangely enough, God’s finest gifts, our life and health, our ability to think and act creatively, are often taken for granted. With good reason the Book of Wisdom warns us to value and use our talents. Gratitude is better than pride: “For the lowliest may be pardoned in mercy, but the mighty will be mightily tested.” We need faith like that, knowing our dependency on God for life and for health. Faith helps us cooperate with others on the journey of life. By faith we can encourage one another. The man had been restored to dignity and hope, healed of his dreadful disease and went his way. He was no longer prohibited from living beside other people, no longer ostracised as unclean. He could resume normal life, now blessed with new gratitude to God for his good health. We are called to same gratitude, to recognise God at work in the graces that bless us in the course of our lives; God’s grace invites our grateful praise.

May the Lord fill our hearts with joy, so that we may continue to be grateful for all we have and are! Amen!! Have a joyful day!!!

 

 

 

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