Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 17:11-19

Highlight: "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?"

Reflection: As a child, I always expected this gospel passage to end like one of Grimm's fairy tales or Aesop's fables. I thought that since the other nine lepers did not thank Jesus, their disease would return, and only the one grateful leper would be permanently cured. But that's not how God's mercy operates. Jesus knew that only one leper would return to thank him, but he still cured all ten. So really the emphasis of this story is not on the nine lepers, but on the one. What can we learn from him? One thing is that is important to recognize God's hand in the good things that happen in our lives. And once we recognize that, we should thank God. The more we adjust our attitudes to focus on gratitude for God's blessings, the more we will be able to conform our lives to God's plan. So think of some ways that God has blessed you, and thank him for those blessings. Try to think of things you don't usually thank him for.

Geeky Quote: "Captain America saved my life. Wherever he is, wherever any of them are, I just wanna say thank you." - Waitress, The Avengers

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the many ways you have blessed me. Help me to focus on these blessings and form an attitude of thankfulness. Amen.

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