Thanksgiving : the Heart of the Relationship

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I have thought many times that it is good that I am not Jesus.  In the Gospel, we hear that Jesus cures ten lepers and only one returns to thank him.  If I were Jesus, I would have given the other nine leprosy again immediately.  Like I said, it is good that I am not Jesus.

Still one must wonder why it is so important to give thanks to God.  The lepers call to Jesus from far away because they are not allowed to approach anyone.  Imagine the isolation they had lived with.  I am sure that the other nine went home to embrace their loved ones, to become part of the community again.  Why does Jesus emphasize that only the one leper truly understood that what was most important was to give thanks to God? 

After all, giving thanks to God does nothing…

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