It is 9th October 2016. We celebrate the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are from 2 Kings 5:14-17; and the second reading from 2 Timothy 2:8-13; and the Gospel from Luke 17:11-19. All three readings teach us to be grateful to whatever we have received from the Lord. We are invited this week to live our lives in thankfulness to the Lord. Gratitude is the virtue that offers happiness, peace and blessings. Being thankful to God and people around makes us to live an extra ounce of life with nobility and character. People like to associate with grateful persons. Gratitude leads to tolerance, love and compassion. Every Eucharist we celebrate is indeed the act of thankfulness for all the gifts that God has showered upon us as individuals and as a community. Are we really thankful enough to God and to one another? When was the last time we truly expressed our gratitude to God and to one another? Our souls will be at peace and feel contented when we say thanks. Let us start right at this moment to be thankful to one another. It is never been enough to thank God and that someone who goes a special extra mile for us always. Let us learn to acknowledge God for the good God has done in our lives. We have no reason to be ungrateful. We need to be grateful not only with words also through our being. Today’s liturgy provides us the opportunity to be thankful to God and to one another. In the first reading, we read about the gratitude expressed by Naaman to Prophet Elisha with the material gift for the healing he received. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.” (Ps.98:2). The second reading teaches us that even in our unfaithfulness in expressing our gratitude to God, God is consistently faithful. In the Gospel, Jesus himself enquires and looking for thankful persons. Just like the ten lepers, we too are healed, loved, cared, and nourished by God time and time again. Are we returning to God to offer our thankfulness or just forget about God as that of the majority? “In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thes.5:18). May you have a good day.

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