The Virtue of a Grateful Heart

Reading 1 Ti 3:1-7

Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1b-3a, 3bc-4, 5, 6

Gospel Lk 17:11-19

One of the things many of us were taught as children is to say “thank you.” We are trained to thank those who give us gifts or to those who have helped us during times of need. We say thank you to those who open the door for us or those who offer us food at a party.

Hence, we may find today’s Gospel puzzling. We say thank you to many people and no doubt thank God in our prayers, so we do not need to be reminded to be thankful, do we?

Unfortunately, the habit of saying thank you to many of us is just that – a habit. Thanking to some of us has become a formality, a form of etiquette. Perhaps we can ask ourselves, how heartfelt is our gratitude to those who have done service that benefited us?

We can go one step further: how heartfelt is our thanksgiving to Jesus?

Perhaps we can try a simple exercise. Let us find ten things in which we are grateful to God and write them down. Reflect on them and let’s ask ourselves how we have benefited. Perhaps then we may realize what Jesus is teaching us today.

  • Father Larry

    Would have been nice to have these thoughts yesterday in preparing my homily for today’s morning Mass.