This week’s scripture readings highlight the importance of gratitude. Gratitude is the perfect response to the Lord’s constant goodness to us. Whatever cleansing we seek or hardships we bear, the Lord has been, is, and will work for our good.
He will do this on our behalf through his right hand and holy arm.
And however, how wavering our stance on God, he is always faithful to us.
For St Ignatius, ingratitude was ‘the most abominable of all sins.’ In the Gospel, we see it is the ‘foreigner’ – a Samaritan – who turns back to give thanks for his healing. Jesus appreciates this act of gratitude and encourages him in his faith, something the other nine miss.
This week, let us reflect upon how our gratitude can be an echo of grace – A response to what God has already given.
Joy and peace.