"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 my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
In today’s Gospel, a vineyard owner goes to the town square during the day to hire laborers. At the end of the day, he rewards each equally... Read More

Wrath and anger are hateful things.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Sirach may have hated wrath and anger but wrath and anger are hate-filled emotions. Mostly they are full of self-hate from a profound frustration... Read More

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
OK. This isn’t about this week’s readings. It’s the same reading I commented on last week in regards to materialism and the... Read More

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Saturday, August 29, 2020
Oh, boy. St. Paul is talking about prayer again and here sets out a daunting prayer challenge: first we must figure out how we are conforming to... Read More

For from God and through God and for God are all things.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Today’s reading from Paul immediately follows last week’s passages about God delivering all to disobedience so that God may show mercy.... Read More

For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.

Friday, August 14, 2020
What? God delivers all to disobedience??? Well, God, after all, did put the snake in Eden. There is no redemption without sin. Those of us who are... Read More

Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison... Read More

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Monday, August 10, 2020
I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as... Read More