Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion by Mike on October 13, 2013

healing-of-the-lepers-at-capernaum-1894.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In today’s gospel, Jesus makes 10 whole, but only one of them feels an impulse to return to Jesus and give him thanks. Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount that God causes the sun to rise and the rain to fall on the good and bad alike. God is good and causes good things to happen to us regardless of whether or not we ourselves are good. What is our response to God’s goodness? Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, wrote once in a letter to another member of his order that he thought the lack of gratitude was the most of terrible of sins, because to lack gratitude was to forget graces, benefits, and blessings received. God was good to each of the 10 lepers but only one of them did the truly human thing in return, and Jesus counted that leper’s gratitude as a sign of faith and the thing that saved him.

Spiritual reading: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. (Melody Beattie)


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