REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR
Today’s Gospel passage is fitting on this occasion as we celebrate thanksgiving weekend. It teaches us about the striking lesson of gratitude. To explain this more, the evangelist depicted this striking event in the life of Jesus where ten lepers went to Him and asked for a healing. They are like customers asking Jesus for a healing service because they believe that Jesus could heal them for free without asking any doctor’s fee. Unlike today, you will not be treated or admitted in a hospital unless you deposit a certain amount. After healing Jesus tells them to go to a priest to see to it that they really are cured as commanded by the Jewish law. As for today, they have to go to the health workers of the department of health and ask for a medical certificate to prove that this person is really healed. However, among nine lepers only one returned to Jesus to give him thanks. It is not very difficult to say, “Thank you” to those people who have done good to us or helped us in our needs. Saying this would not only help ourselves ease of the burdens but also the people who heard it can help them forget for the meantime their own hardships too. It makes our hearts soften and make the burden of our works light.Let us give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.