Attitude of Gradtitude

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 10/04/2016

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C

Jesus replied,”Ten were made cleansed were they not? Where are the other nine?”(Lk 17: 17)
When children are old enough to understand, the mother teaches them this important phrase-THANK YOU. In the Parable of the Ten Lepers, only the Samaritan remembered the early learned phrase and returned to Jesus to thank him for healing of his leprosy. Reflecting upon this parable, we can begin to judge our own attitude of gratitude.

Attitude of Gratitude

In the second Book of Kings, Naaman showed his attitude of gratitude. After his healing of leprosy, his communication with Naaman he did not use the phrase THANK YOU, but his actions spoke louder than his word. There are many ways to show this gift of gratitude.

• Gift-giving
• Spending quality time of prayer and presence
• Returning a favor
• Doing chores for them

In Psalm 98 we can find another way to show an attitude of gratitude.

• Praising the person’s gifts
• Showing wondrous deeds of a person
• Praising acts of justice
• Admiring a person’s kindness and thankfulness

St. Paul in writing to Timothy shows another important aspect of thanksgiving.

• By the words, “God is not chained” meaning he is all to all
• Inclusive
• Being grateful in joys and sorrows

“In all circumstances,give thanks for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” Finally, Luke tells the story of Ten Lepers one of whom was a foreigner, a Samaritan.

  • Recognizing his healing, an enemy returned to give thanks.
  • “Where are the other nine?”(Jesus seems to wonder  why there was only 1 Thank You.)
  • Because of his faith,the Samaritan received salvation.

For Reflection and Sharing:

Activity: Write a thank you letter to God.

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