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Thanksgiving Day

Lk 17:11-19


“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” These lepers received a wonderful gift of healing. However only one was able to say thank you. Are you grateful for what you have? Not only on Thanksgiving Day but on every day of your life? One Saturday evening we had an event in our parish, so the parking lot was full. An older lady that came to church that evening could not find a parking spot close enough, so she parked far away and slowly walked with her cane towards the church. When I saw her, I said that she could park right in front of the church and that I would move her car. Her response was simple, but very motivating. She said -- no problem, Father, I am thankful that I can still walk, and it is such a beautiful day, so a little walk is good for me. That lady is grateful for what she has. She could have complained that there was no parking spot available. Instead, she showed a deep gratitude for what she has. Am I thankful for what I have, or do I compare my life to others and envy them their things? Even in the most difficult moments in life, there is always something to be grateful for.



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