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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Monday, November 9, 2015

Reflection for November 11, Wednesday, Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop: 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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Do we express our gratitude to Jesus, we who always receive blessing from Him every day?

In our gospel, ten lepers were healed by Jesus but only one a Samaritan (considered as an enemy of the Jews) was grateful enough to express his gratefulness to Jesus. What happened to the other nine? They went back to their normal lives with the gift of eyesight courtesy of Jesus, yet they never went back to Jesus to express their gratitude first.  

The Samaritan in the gospel speaks to us by his faith and deed of gratefulness; he tells us to always have faith and to always be grateful to the miracles that Jesus gives us everyday. For example, do we still remember to thank Jesus for the gift of life every morning?

Many of us are so busy that we forget to say our prayer of thanksgiving upon waking-up. Many of the young people today, instead of saying their prayer of thanksgiving, they instead check first their smart phones for new messages and updates.  

Let us never forget to express our thanksgiving to Jesus no matter how busy we are. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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