Tuesday 5 May 2015

Wednesday of Week 32 Year 1

I sometimes wonder whether some of us have begun to take a lot of things for granted. Have we ever thought about the farmers who work hard to plant crops so that we would have food on our tables; the many people who have to treat our sewage and waste so that our homes and surroundings would be clean; the many people who sweep the roads and cut the grass so that our roads and highways are clean, tidy and safe from debris; the teachers who have spent many hours preparing for classes so that we and our children would be well educated; the list goes on. When things are not done right, we complain and make a big fuss, but when things are done well for our comfort and safety, are we appreciative, thankful and grateful?

In today's Gospel, we see a good example of being appreciative, thankful and grateful for what has been done for us. In the Gospel, ten lepers were cured by Jesus, but only "one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him." Have we learnt to be like that one leper, who was appreciative, thankful and grateful for being cured? Or are we still taking things for granted, thinking that we had paid for it, or we deserve or are entitled to such help, or we are only interested in ourselves and our needs? Remember that all things come from God and are gifts to us. May we give Him the glory for His generous providence and care.

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