SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: Oct. 13th 2013, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year C.
Gospel of Today: Luke 17: 11-19 Find it in your Bible, or missal, or click here for Mass Readings.
Thanks! No Thanks! How’s your Thank You muscle doing, these times? Do you exercise it a lot, or is it flabby and weak? Do days pass you by when you have forgotten to say thanks to anyone, or only said it half-heartedly, out of routine, and without much heart? We could go for weeks like that! Some people go for most of their lives without saying Thank You in any profound way to the people around them, even family. Ingratitude makes the heart grow course.
When you jump out of bed in the morning, – or crawl, or fall out of bed- do you say ‘Good God, Morning!!!!!’, or do you say ‘Good Morning, God!’ ? Is it another chore, or is it another wonderful gift? You and I can develop our muscles day after day, for saying Thanks,- thanks for this day, thanks for the people I will meet this day, thanks for clouds and sunshine, for laughter and tears, for showers and toothpaste, for food and hunger. Thank you for the wonder of my very existence! Wow! That’s some Gift!
Now meet the ten gifted people in today’s Gospel event: gifted because the disease that had made them outcasts was suddenly and wonderfully taken away from them, by that man to whom they had called out from a distance ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on us!’- at the top of their voices. Suddenly healed, they ran away home to their families and friends,- wouldn’t you? But one man realized the gift he had just received, and came running back, praising God at the top of his voice from the bottom of his heart. He flung himself at the feet of Jesus, so grateful and joyful was he.
And Jesus looked at him and asked ‘were not ten made clean? Where are the other nine?’ He was saddened by their ingratitude. They grabbed what they got and then they ran,- and forgot all about saying thanks. Gross!
Could they be us? Could any one of them be me?
Thanks be to God! Thanks, Ma! Thanks, Da! Thank you, brother!/sister! Thanks a million! A thousand thanks! Thanks a lot!
Thanks for the day that lies ahead. Thanks for the day that was. AMEN! Yup, indeed!
Fr. Seamus firstname.lastname@example.org