Today’s Thoughts: “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” (Meister Eckhart) This saying by the great Dominican mystic seems to sum up our readings today. In the first reading from the Second Book of Kings and our Gospel from Luke reveal to us two story of thankfulness and gratitude.
Naaman, commander of the army of Syria, is thankful to the God of Israel for his healing and the Samaritan leper is thankful to Jesus. They both recognize the gift that they have been given and return to express their thankfulness and gratitude.
Thankfulness, gratitude is an essential part of discipleship, an essential part of our friendship with God. Like Naaman and the Samaritan leper we are challenged to recognize that all that we have is a gift and we are entitled to none of it. Our life itself is a gift, a blessing and to be true disciples, to be true friends of God our stance in life needs to be one of thankfulness and gratitude.
Perhaps we have an opportunity today to pause in the midst of our Sunday and just look around at life, our life and recognize God’s presence, and God’s gifts and like Naaman and the Samaritan say “Thanks!”
Have a blessing Sunday everyone and don’t forget to give God and little time and your gratitude.
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Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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