Reflection 2 

Gospel Reading Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus 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, realising 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.”

Sharing the Mission

We are all healed each time we pause to “give thanks to God” for the many blessings of each day. By giving thanks we acknowledge our own indebtedness - we are poor and everything we are and are becoming is because God has raised us up. If we have a grateful heart, we will see everything as gifts of God. There is a beautiful prayer of St Thomas More who, when he was rich and enjoyed much favour from King Henry VIII, always kept his heart detached from the things of life. The prayer goes: Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus Christ, for all that You have given me.
Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus Christ, for all that You have taken away from me. Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus Christ, for all that You have left me.
May God give us the grace to be grateful for everything He has given us and to show that gratitude by generosity to others and to those who are poor.

Discussion 

In our service for what do you “give thanks to God”?

Prayer

(Leader) Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus Christ,

(Together) For all that You have given me.

(Leader) Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus Christ,

(Together) For all that You have taken away from me.

(Leader) Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus Christ,

(Together) For all that You have left me. Amen