Blessed be the name of the Lord forever. — Psalm 113:2
Mass reading: Sirach 50:22-24 / 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 / Luke 17:11-19
When I was young, my mother insisted that we attend Mass on Thanksgiving. One year, my brother reminded her that it wasn’t a holy day. She responded: “It’s Mommy’s law.” And a good “law” it was. What better way to start our Thanksgiving holiday than with God, giving thanks for all that we have, both materially and spiritually?
In today’s Gospel, Jesus cures 10 lepers but only one comes back to say thank you and to praise God. Too often I’m like those ungrateful lepers. I briefly think about how lucky I am but forget to take time to say it or show it. As we gather with family and friends today, let’s tell them how grateful we are for their presence in our lives, and praise God together for His goodness.
Prayer: Creator God, thank You for all that I have and all that You created me to be.