Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Reflection for Wednesday November 12, Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr; Luke 17:11-19

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 lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, 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.”
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Reflection:
Are you grateful for whatever you have in life? Do you express this gratefulness to God? In our gospel for today we read about the ungratefulness of the nine lepers for the reason that they failed to go back to Jesus to express their gratitude. Were the nine lepers really ungrateful or they were simply busy in complying with the command of Jesus for them to go to a priest?    

We never know the reason but one thing is certain the nine Jews failed to seize the moment to personally thank Jesus and be up close and personal with Him. If the Samaritan who was not a member of Jesus faith took time to went back to Jesus to express his gratefulness. Why couldn’t they do it also?  

What happens to us when we are grateful? The blessings of God keeps coming to us this does not say that God has favorites among us for we are all equal before His eyes. But humanly speaking when we are grateful the more that the giver is motivated to give more to us.

How do we prove this? For example if we are the giver of the blessing would we not unceasingly give to those who express their appreciation? As opposed to those who do not know how to appreciate the things that we do for them?

Jesus even if He is God the son has a human side also and part of His human side was His longing for the nine whom he had cured. Perhaps not anymore seeking from them to hear their words of gratitude. But in a deeper sense Jesus was looking for the nine so that He could have an up close and personal encounter with them.

Like Jesus longing for the nine cured lepers, Jesus is also yearning for us; we who always receive the miracle of life in every morning that we wake-up.      

Do we always prayerfully express our gratitude to Jesus for this new life every morning? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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