Intention: That our spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving this week may be a sign of faith to one another and to the world of God’s saving presence in human hearts and human history.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”
From the Fifteenth Meditation for Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Look upon this, then, as a considerable reward that God gives you, even in this world, to see that religion and piety are increased among the faithful, especially among the working class and the poor, by means of the establishment of the schools that have been placed by God under your guidance.
Thank God every day through Jesus Christ, our Lord, that he has been pleased to establish this benefit and to give this support to the Church. Ask him fervently too that he will be pleased to make your Institute grow and produce good day by day, so that, as Saint Paul says, the hearts of the faithful may be strengthened in holiness and in justice.
Eternal Father, on this day of thanksgiving with pray with gratefulness for your blessings in our lives, however large or small. We thank you for this time that we have to share our happiness and gratitude with your greatest blessings to us — our family and friends. Help us always to receive your gifts to us with humility, mindful that among your many gifts to us is the chance to build your Kingdom through our service to one another, especially the young, the poor, and the dispossessed. Send us your spirit to instruct and guide our faith, so that we might live our gratitude to you by always striving to be our best and truest selves. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.