"Where are the other nine?"

Jesus has just gotten through blessing ten lepers and sending them to see the priest. On the way, they
realize that they have bee cleansed. Now one was a Samaritan, who knew he would not get a good
reception from a priest in Judea. But instead of just going on his way, he returns to Jesus overcome with
a gratitude which drives him to the ground at Jesus’ feet.

But where are the other nine? Presumably, they showed themselves to the priest as instructed.
Presumably they went on their way. They followed Jesus’ instruction, accepted his gift and felt justified
by it.

I think that Jesus is saying that grace, a gift beyond health and wealth, comes to those with grateful
hearts. The truly blessed are overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity of God. It is from gratitude
that Sirach’s blessing comes:

May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you.

This Thanksgiving, let us thank God for the joy and peace in our hearts.

Dear Lord God,

You alone are the source of every good gift
and the mystery of each human life.
We thank you for creation
and for your tender, faithful love.
Fill our minds with the Gospel of your son Jesus
and fill our hearts with his compassion.
Send your Spirit to grant us wisdom,
that our gratitude may bind us together
into a community of faith and a caring people.

Give us the courage
to express our gratitude first
as we discern how to be good stewards
of the gifts entrusted to us,
that we may do the work for your Kingdom.
In your son’s name we pray,

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Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Wow. Let that settle in. Even the depths of God???!!!  Those of you who missed the talk by Fr. Michael Raschko (retired professor of... Read More

Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
One of our lights went out last week. Dr. Bill Wahl died early Friday morning. He and Kim were active for many years in Ground Zero, the effort to... Read More

Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.

Monday, February 10, 2020
Simeon is a holy man of Israel who has been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he sees the Lord’s Messiah. He holds the baby... Read More

. . . the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen.

Monday, January 20, 2020
In the secular world, people assume that they can do quite well without Christ or religion or community. The secular world offers darkness:... Read More

. . . on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh

Sunday, December 29, 2019
“They”, of course, are the magi, unnumbered by Matthew, who “saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”... Read More

When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child . . .

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Luke’s and Matthew’s nativity narratives are quite dissimilar. The Biblical scholar Ray Brown counted only eight points of... Read More

"Where are the other nine?"

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Jesus has just gotten through blessing ten lepers and sending them to see the priest. On the way, they realize that they have bee cleansed. Now one... Read More

November 17, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019
Recently my wife handed me an article from the Seattle Times, “Anna Fields well-told audiobooks.” Since I don’t listen to... Read More