Living in Thanks and Praise
Malvern Minute

 

November 15, 2017  Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (17:11-19)

 

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed. 
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. 
He was a Samaritan.

Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine? 
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” 

Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”

 

Reflect: One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. Giving God praise and thanks is so essential to our spiritual life. Unless we are deeply aware of the abundant blessings that God provides for us; and offer him ongoing thanks and praise, we can become stale and unaware of God’s profound love and mercy.  Perhaps, we can rely upon being propped up by holy ritual that we approach with an empty heart. By expressing our gratitude, however, we demonstrate that we value the giver and appreciate the generosity of heart that emanated from them to us. The flow of giving and receiving, generosity and gratitude, implies a relationship, a desire to connect in a personal way between giver and receiver. In fact, our praise and thanks to God is a powerful counter to the power of evil in the world. By emphasizing that the grateful leper was a Samaritan illustrates that the love of God has no bounds. His love and mercy is not limited only to a particular group of people; God desires to reach the heart of everyone. Not only because of this scripture passage, but because we are in the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s take time to be attentive to God’s lavish blessings that impact our lives daily. God is never cheap in giving us his love. It is incumbent upon us, however, to recognize those gifts and to be grateful for what we receive. May we have hearts so tuned in to the love of God that we can’t help but to shout out praise, glory, and thanks to our God – every day and at any time!

 

Questions: How often do I stop to consider the blessings that I receive? Do I take time each day to express praise and gratitude to God for what I receive? Besides my words, what actions can I take to give back to God, to show by action how grateful I am for all that I receive?

 

Pray: Loving God, you can never be outdone in generosity. You are the source of all that I have and all that I am. You sustain me with your love and mercy. Although my words are insufficient, I thank you and praise you for your incomparable love. May I have a heart that never stops to appreciate your goodness to me, and a spirit that never ceases to give you praise and thanks. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

Saint Albert the Great: Pray for us!

Born in Bavaria, Albert joined the Dominican Order and became a “Master of Theology” at the University of Paris in 1244. His voluminous writings cover all areas of science, philosophy, theology, and morality. His paraphrase of Aristotle’s writings provided the basis for the work of his student, Thomas Aquinas. He was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI in 1931. The Pope said that Albert “is precisely the saint whose example should inspire the present age, which seeks peace so ardently and is so full of hope in its scientific discoveries.” Albert died in Cologne, Germany in 1280. He is the patron of scientists.

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