Intention: That on this day of giving thanks for the blessings in our lives, we will remember that all gifts come from God, and that our greatest show of thanks would be to use those gifts to help build God’s kingdom.
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 the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
God is so good that he does not leave unrewarded the good work that is done for him and the service that is rendered to him, especially for the salvation of souls. If it is true that God rewards so generously even in this world those who have left all things for him, that they receive a hundredfold in this life,1 with how much more reason will God reward even in this present time those who have devoted themselves with zeal to spread his kingdom!
Eternal Father, we live each day in the midst of the many blessings that you send to us. But often, we fail to acknowledge your gifts or give you thanks. Fill us with a spirit of humility and gratitude, so that as we live our lives we will grow in our awareness of our need for you and one another. May we use all that you give us to help build your Kingdom. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.