Let us be thankful and let us learn to express our thanks daily to God

Posted in homily by frtonys on November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving day in the USA, the Gospel readings are from Luke Chapter 4: 11 – 19

They describe how one of the ten lepers Jesus healed, a Samaritan, returned to Jesus to express his gratitude while the nine Jewish lepers did not return to thank the healer. Jesus asks the pained question: “Where are the other nine?

This reading tells us that God, too, expects gratitude from us. In 2 Kings 5:1-9, Naaman, the now-healed leper, chief of the army of the Syrian king, returned to the prophet Elisha to express his thanks for the healing with a gift of 10 talents of silver, 6000 pieces of gold and six Egyptian robes as gifts.

When Elisha refused the gifts, Naaman asked for permission take home two sacks of the soil of Israel that he might offer worship to the Lord Who had healed him, and he promised to offer sacrifices only to the God of Israel.

Jesus gave thanks to the Father at the tomb of Lazarus, saying, “Thank you Father for hearing My prayer”. St. Paul advises the Ephesians (and us), “Give thanks to God the Father for everything”

Let us be thankful and let us learn to express our thanks daily to God for His innumerable blessings, providential care and protection and for the unconditional pardon given to us for our failures. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

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