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Wednesday of the 32 week in ordinary time ‘b’

Lk 17:11-19


I am sure you pray to God often, and when you pray you ask Him to grant you many different things, like -- a miracle of healing, safe travel, peace in our broken world, the end of the pandemic, a good job, and many other requests. Nothing wrong with that. God wants us to bring to Him our needs, but we tend to ask for more, than to thank Him for what we already have. And then some of us tend to compare our lives to the lives of others. Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a mother whose son was about to marry a girl who was not Catholic. According to this mother, that was unacceptable in their family. How come, she asked, others can have a great life, and I need to deal with things like this? Well, I thought … is this the biggest tragedy that had happened to her? Her son loves her; maybe one day because of him his wife might join our Catholic faith. Who knows? So, instead of thanking God for what she has, a good life, a healthy and happy son, and many other blessings, she complained about this little thing. There are people who die of hunger, people who are being persecuted for their faith, people whose children are dying of cancer -- and these are the real problems. Today Jesus wants us to reflect if we are thankful for what we have? We need to learn how to be thankful. “Ten were cleansed, were they not? none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”



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