Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

November 13, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) – Patron of Immigrants

Wisdom 6:1-11

Psalm 82

Luke 17:11-19

Today’s Gospel is short and to the point.  It is also one of the more easily remembered healing narratives.  It is the story of the ten lepers who call out to Jesus from a distance, saying, “Jesus, Master!  Have pity on us!”  Only one of the lepers returns to Jesus and thanks Him as they are healed on their way to the temple.  Every time I read this Gospel narrative I always thought to myself, “Who wouldn’t go back and thank the One who had done this marvelous healing?”  And, “How could the nine others have been so thoughtless?”

But I find as life has gotten more complicated and cluttered, we too can be guilty of praying for something and then not immediately thanking God when a favorable response comes.  Initial relief or happiness is sometimes followed by “business as usual” until we remember that we have received Divine help. 

I believe as self-sufficient adults we sometimes are so used to trying and pretending to be in control that we fool ourselves into really thinking we actually are.  Instead of becoming like little children, as Jesus asks us to become, we try to be the masters of our fate and only send up or pleas for help when we become desperate.  Then, when we are “saved,” our first thought is, “Whew!” and then we move on to our next crisis.

Sisters and brothers, I pray that we will be more like the grateful Samaritan in today’s Gospel, He wasn’t even one of Jesus’ countrymen and yet was open and present to the moment and not consumed by his plight or even his task to visit the priests in the temple.  We need to stop, to notice, to reflect, to appreciate and to thank the One who loves us with an infinite love.  For that matter, we also need to thank God when the answers to prayer are not what we wanted, and trust that the response we do receive is for the best.  

Question of the Day:  Will you acknowledge that God is in control of your life and not you?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, give me patience in all my afflictions.  Grant that under the weight of the Cross I may never forget the blessings I receive which will allow me to give you thanks and sing Your praise forever.

Prosit


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