November 13, 2019
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Dear Family of Mary!
Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11-19As 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.”
Only 1 out of 10 is not a very good showing. Only one leper returned to thank Jesus. The other 9 went dutifully to the priests to show them they were healed and to be allowed back into Hebrew society. But they didn’t return to thank their healer. Maybe that process of rejoining society was so wonderful that they just forgot about Jesus. And maybe the Samaritan who would never be let back into Hebrew society had nowhere else to go? And so, he came back to Jesus, knowing from whence his healing came.
It is very easy to think that the good things that happen to us come from others, like our family, our coworkers, our friends, etc. But ultimately all that we have and are comes from God. It seems important to not let our personal relationships or societal relationships cloud our thinking. Everything is from God and we can’t earn any of it. It is free gift, given from our loving Creator. So, like the Samaritan Leper, let’s return to Jesus, constantly. Let’s fall at His feet and give thanks for everything!
Here are five messages from Our Lady that speak eloquently about giving thanks to God. We could use them as meditation during a Rosary today.
October 3, 1985 “Dear children! I wish to tell you to thank God for all the graces which God has given you. For all the fruits thank the Lord and glorify him! Dear children, learn to give thanks in little things and then you will be able to give thanks also for the big things. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
August 25, 1988 “Dear children! Today I invite you all to rejoice in the life which God gives you. Little children, rejoice in God, the Creator, because He has created you so wonderfully. Pray that your life be joyful thanksgiving which flows out of your heart like a river of joy. Little children, give thanks unceasingly for all that you possess, for each little gift which God has given you, so that a joyful blessing always comes down from God upon your life. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
April 25, 1989 “Dear children! I am calling you to a complete surrender to God. Let everything that you possess be in the hands of God. Only in that way shall you have joy in your heart. Little children, rejoice in everything that you have. Give thanks to God because everything is God’s gift to you. That way in your life you shall be able to give thanks for everything and discover God in everything even in the smallest flower. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
September 25, 1989 “Dear children! Today I invite you to give thanks to God for all the gifts you have discovered in the course of your life and even for the least gift that you have perceived. I give thanks with you and want all of you to experience the joy of these gifts. And I want God to be everything for each one of you. And then, little children, you can grow continuously on the way of holiness. Thank you for responding to my call.”
July 25, 2001 “Dear children! In this time of grace, I call you to come even closer to God through your personal prayer. Make good use of the time of rest and give your soul and your eyes rest in God. Find peace in nature and you will discover God the Creator Whom you will be able to give thanks to for all creatures; then you will find joy in your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
August 25, 2003 “Dear children! Also today I call you to give thanks to God in your heart for all the graces which He gives you, also through the signs and colors that are in nature. God wants to draw you closer to Himself and moves you to give Him glory and thanks. Therefore, little children, I call you anew to pray, pray, pray and do not forget that I am with you. I intercede before God for each of you until your joy in Him is complete. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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