The Important Thanks

Fr. Bob’s homily 10/9/2016


28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Why was it so important to Jesus that he be thanked by the lepers he cured?  He is obviously upset that only one of the ten, a Samaritan at that, returned to thank him. “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?”  Did he perform the miracle so that he would be thanked?  That would be pretty shallow.  (I never understood when you thank someone for something that they feel compelled to tell you that they did not do it for thanks.  I had not thought so, but it does not change your need to thank them.)  Did he use thanks as a test for faithfulness?  If it were me, I might have been tempted to give the other nine their leprosy back.  (Imagine the other nine lepers on their way home having been cured and then looking down, “Ooops, what…

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