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 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.”
Are you one of the ungrateful nine?
Be the “leper” who says “Thank you,” for surely you have many, many things to be grateful for — that you are alive, to start, breathing in air, hearing the sound of a bird, tasting an apple, seeing the sun rise this morning . . . .
Some of the most miserable people I’ve met are people who are sour, entitled, unappreciative, and thankless. Study after study have found that gratitude, not money, is the key to being happy. Happy people tend to:
Despite our troubles, think of all the good things you have, and be grateful, because it’s all gratuitous. We didn’t “earn” any of it.
Brothers and sisters:
Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
And remember to tell God you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength. It’s only proper, because —
Give thanks, and be joyful!
May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,