As a parent and a grandparent I cannot even count how many times I have said to the children in my life after they had received something from someone,
“What do you say?” And the little ones would answer, “Thank you.”
Today we heard the gospel that is always read on
Thanksgiving Day – the story of the ten lepers who Jesus healed of their disease – and of those ten, only one returned to say thank you to our Lord.
We might do well as adults to keep in our hearts a reminder for ourselves,
“What do you say?”, for we have received many incredible gifts as we have come to know Jesus, his Father and their presence with us in the Holy Spirit. First, we received the incredible gift of unconditional love, a love that God never takes from us – we may turn away from it from time to time in our lives, or we may not give it much thought – but the love of God, our Creator is constant and everlasting.
And then, what about the gift of faith that we have received, passed down for thousands of years by the chosen people of God, our ancestors? Faith gives us hope, faith encourages, faith heals, faith guides, faith challenges us and faith leads us to eternity with God.
We have much to be thankful for as Christians who know and love Jesus Christ. Our future is secure in Jesus for he died to free us from the slavery of sin. We need only follow him, believe in him, love him, for as Scripture teaches, in Jesus’s own words, “I am the way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” By our baptism we have been gifted eternal life with God, a priceless gift; one that is greater cannot be found! And for that we must thank God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Let us be mindful of the many ways that God is present in our lives, healing us, forgiving us, lifting us up when we are down, befriending us when we feel alone, comforting us in our sorrow and rejoicing with us in our accomplishments; then let us be reminded, “What do you say?”
With unending gratitude,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC