Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lesson from the Gospels: Give Thanks unto God

This past Sunday, January 16th the Gospel lesson is short, but in my opinion, offers a precious truth for our daily lives.

The Gospel reading according to St. Luke (17:12-19) is as follows:

"At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy upon us.'  When Jesus saw them he said unto them, 'Go and show yourselves to the priests.'  And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and fell upon his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks.  Now he was a Samaritan.  Then said Jesus, 'Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?'  And Jesus said to him, 'Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.'"

Its a lesson for the ages: don't be found ungrateful for all the gifts God has given you!

Visit HERE for simple instruction on how to apply this Gospel lesson into our own lives.

We all have major events, milestones in our lives that we can certainly recognize as important and worthy of praise and thanksgiving to God:  making a sports team or joining the choir, getting your driver's license or your first car, graduation, marriage, job/career, passing a huge test or exam, and the list goes on and on as you get older.

But do we offer praise and thanksgiving unto God for the gifts or blessings most often overlooked, but most necessary:  starting a new day, being able to eat a meal, talking on the phone with a friend or family member, earning an income, or learning something in school.  Be thankful for the people in your life, and share that thankgiving with one another by worshipping together at Church and participating in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) which literally means "thanksgiving."

"Be attentive to the many blessings God bestows upon us!"

- A Day in the Life of the Youth Director

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