October 9, 2016 – Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17:11-19)
As Jesus was traveling, He came across ten lepers, and taking pity on them, cured them of their disease. Of the ten who were cured, only one returned to thank Jesus and offer Him praise.
We are like this at times, aren’t we? When we want something, we focus our time and energy on Jesus, hoping He will answer our prayers. And when He does, we turn from Him and go about our business, often taking credit for our good fortune. How quickly we forget.
You may wonder why we need to thank Jesus. He doesn’t need our gratitude, right? No, He does not need it, but we need to show it. In doing so we are humbled – we acknowledge that we are nothing without Him.
Our gratitude serves as a reminder of our own helplessness and our need to have Jesus in our lives.