Why is it that asking comes so much more easily to our lips than thanking? I am often ashamed when I realize that a prayer has been heard, an intercession granted, and I did not immediately stop to express my gratitude to God. This lack of gratitude is itself a kind of faithlessness.
In today’s Gospel, Luke tells us about the ten lepers healed by Jesus. Jesus did not heal them immediately but instructed them to go show themselves to the priests as required by the law. On their way, they realized they were healed, but only one, a Samaritan, returned to give thanks. Jesus understood that the Samaritan’s gratitude was itself an act of faith.
Prayers of praise (glorifying God) and gratitude can come more slowly than prayers of petition. Today, what is it that we should give thanks to the Lord for?
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