Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

November 24, 2016 – Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, Martyrs

Thanksgiving Day

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 persons with leprosy met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, 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: What wonderful blessings we receive from God on a daily basis! The Samaritan who was healed from leprosy should have been the least aware of God’s exceptional love and mercy; but, it was he who returned, threw himself at Jesus’ feet in an act of thanksgiving, all the while glorifying God in a loud voice. His healing led him to a deep awareness of the presence of God in his life.  Where are we? As we pause today for this civil holiday, it’s a chance for us to recognize our many blessings and give thanks to God for all that we receive not because we deserve it, but simply because God loves us in ways that we could never begin to imagine or measure.  He is gushing out with love and blessings and today is set aside for us to be grateful. May we be filled with joy at the thought of how richly we have been blessed.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Have I stopped to thank God today? Can I make a list today of at least ten things or people that I’m grateful for? When was the last time I texted, wrote to or called someone to simply say, “thank you!”? Can I do that today?

 

Pray: Loving God, your gifts are countless. I come before you today with gratitude for your kindness. Help me to give back. Open my heart to have concern for others around me especially those most in need. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions: Pray for us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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