Based on today’s Gospel - Luke 17:11-19
How grateful are we for the gifts our Father has given us? Are we thankful? Are we grateful? Or do we take them for granted? Do we go on with life once our prayer has been answered neglecting the fact that our Almighty God has directly intervened in our lives? It is an easy trap to fall into, being ungrateful. Most times we do it without acknowledging it. We may spend hours, days weeks, or even years praying for something, asking the Lord for a specific grace. But when the prayer is answered what do we do. Unfortunately, I can think of seemingly countless times when I have had prayers answered, and yet I find myself casually going about my day as if I was never wanting to begin with. I recognize this in my own life regarding money. When money is short and I don’t know how to pay for the bills that I have. I am so eager to go to the Lord to ask for help, asking him to give me what I need. Sometimes this goes on for days and weeks. Then our Lord will answer the prayer, sometimes through a random act of kindness from a stranger, or an unexpected check from the Knights of Columbus, or something, and I find myself the next day walking around as if I have not a care in the world. Where is my gratitude? Thanks be to God, as time has gone on and I have continued to walk with our Lord and grown closer to Him, gratitude has become more a part of my everyday speaking with Jesus, but it is a choice. The Father prompts us to offer praise and thanksgiving, and we have a choice to respond. An attitude of gratitude, as my friend calls it. A disposition of gratitude, realizing that everything that you have: the roof over your head, the shoes on your feet, the shirt on your back, the friends that you have, your job, your education, your very life and existence…. All of it is a completely free gift from our heavenly Father. What Jesus points out in the gospel is a stern warning never to forget that. When we acknowledge the Giver of these gifts, we are acknowledging who He truly is. When we acknowledge who He truly is, we are exercising our gift of Faith. That is why Jesus says to the Samaritan, “stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” He acknowledged that it was God that had saved him and healed him, and it is a most fitting response that he would return to the Source out of gratitude. Today, slow down, look around, everything that you see, everyone that you encounter, everything that you have has been given to you by our Father, because He loves you. Thank Him. Spend time with Him. Love Him. Do something nice for another in thanksgiving for the gifts that our Lord has given you.