It is 11th November 2015. We celebrate the memorial of St. Martin of Tours, the Bishop. The readings are from Wis.6:1-11 and the Gospel from Lk.17:11-19. The first reading tells us that obeying a leader is obeying God because all authority comes from God. God entrusts responsibilities to persons and holds them accountable for all they say and do. All are equal in front of God when it comes for judgement. Whichever state we belong, whether we are a leader or a follower, we will be judged accordingly. “Ruthless judgment is reserved for those in high places; the lowly will be compassionately pardoned in mercy, the mighty will be mightily punished.” (Wis.6:6). The responsorial Psalm prays, “Arise, O God, judge the earth.” (Ps.81:8). The Gospel urges us to be grateful. “It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.” (Lk. 17:18). Ten lepers were healed by God but only one came back to acknowledge God’s healing. Our gratitude to God is the natural outcome of our personal communion and commitment to God. Gratitude is a spontaneous act. God expects us to be grateful to God for all that we are and all that we have. Every Holy Mass is a moment of thanksgiving. Missing a Holy Mass is like a missing an opportunity to thank God. We all have sufficient reasons to thank God. If we find no reason to thank God, our faith is at stake. The attitude of ingratitude kills the authentic relationship with God. May God give you grace to be grateful. Have a good day

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