Friday 25 October 2013

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

As children, some of us would have been taught to be thankful and grateful when we were given presents or treats. We were especially taught to be thankful to God for the many gifts and blessings He had bestowed upon us.

But as we grow older, how many of us still give thanks to God? Nowadays, we tend to see people happily receiving without giving thanks. For example, how many of us consistently and habitually say a prayer before and after meals? Or how many of us give thanks to God for the good and bad we receive? Often, when we receive the good, some may think it is through their good luck or their own effort which enabled them to achieve the good. However, when the bad occurs, some may either blame others, or blame God, or begin praying for God's help.

The question is: have we become so self-centred or ungrateful that we forget that whatever we have received is from God's bounty?

In today's Gospel, only the foreigner, the Samaritan, "turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him." What about the others? What about us? Have we forgotten the meaning of thankfulness and gratitude?

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