Let’s imagine for a moment that we are in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago, and we see, from a distance, ten lepers raise their voices asking Him to have pity on them. He replies, “Go and show yourselves to the priests,” and as they go, they are all cleaned. But only one, “the Samaritan,” goes back to thank Him. Jesus then asks, “Where are the other nine? None returned to give thanks to God?” Then He says to the one, “Go, your faith has saved you (Lk 17, 11-19).” Jesus healed ten bodies, but nine didn’t consider it important to give thanks to God. But the one that comes back receives a greater gift; eternal life (your faith saved you).
Meditating on this passage, I asked myself if I am one of the nine that enjoyed their newfound physical health and didn’t recognize Jesus as God, so I keep going, or I am the one that came back? In other words, am I thankful to God for His gifts of life, family, and community? Do I see Jesus in others, especially the poor and marginalized? Or do I not see the miracles that happen in my life and around me, and I just keep going.
In this giving season, please take a moment to thank God for everything He has given you out of His infinite Love. I’m certain that by opening our eyes and hearts, like the leper who saw who Jesus was, we will also see Christ in our brothers and sisters that need our help and offer our gifts to Christ who lives in them.
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