November 13, 2013

The Gospel Today

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin 

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian Abu):

            In the Gospel of today, the ten lepers call on to Jesus and ask for his help saying, “Jesus Master, have pity on us.” This kind of scene can also be seen up to our present situation today. We normally call on to God during moments that we are helpless and very weak. We even ask other people for prayers especially during the times that we have problems in our family, when we want to pass an exam, when we are sick and need healing and even when we do not have money. It is quite observable that we are calling on to God and put our trust in him mainly in moments that we need something. We can also notice, especially in big churches, that many people will usually drop their petition prayers hoping that God will answer them.

            In the story of the ten lepers who noticed that all of them were cured while going to the priests in the temple as Jesus has commanded them, only one wet back to Jesus and expressed his gratitude for the healing. Among the ten, only one remembered to thank the Lord for an answered prayer. There are many times that we are just like the 9 other lepers, that after receiving good things from the Lord cannot anymore think to go back and thank Him. We normally lose the enthusiasm that we have during the time that we were still asking for God’s help and easily forget to express gratitude for the help that He gives us. One thing is almost certain, we remember the Lord more when we have need of His help, than when we have received the help we needed.

            We should remember that prayer is not only done when asking for something from the Lord. There is also the prayer of giving thanks to Him for all the things He has done for us, no matter how big or small they are. Let us practice the prayer of gratitude also. Be grateful for “all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,” for the Lord God made them all for us.

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