Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. He was a Samaritan. Luke 17: 15-16
There were 10 people who were healed, but only one returned to give thanks. Where are we in this story? We have been through so much during these last three years, are we like the Samaritan who comes to the Lord and thank Him that we are still on ”This Side of Eternity.”
When we follow the example of the “Thankful Samaritan”, our world changes!
A spirit of thanksgiving changes our reality! To acknowledge that ever moment we have is a Divine Gift, we allow ourselves to be in relationship with the Healer, Jesus, and have true peace!
The Thankful Samaritan experienced total healing, which is being in relationship with the Healer! May we follow his example!
Thank you Lord! All I want to do is thank you Lord!
“And when he had found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes, he calls his friend and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’” Luke 15:6-7
Today we remember 11 September 2001, the Patriots Day! And for many of us, who this day touch very deeply, it is good to celebrate Good Shepherd Day! It is consoling that we have a Lord who is so much in love with us that He seeks us out!
9/11 is the result of hate, and we all have to deal with hateful people who do terrible things in our lives, but we need not be hateful! We accept the reality of what we have gone through, we accept the losses of people, places, and things. And we wait in hope for the peace that the Good Shepherd, Jesus, brings to our lives. When we are lost is sadness and despair, Jesus reached out to us in His word and in people who love, and He brings us back to peace!
“Now as they went on their way, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha received Him into her house.” Luke 10:38
Love is more than a feeling! We love by the way we treat people. Today we enter into the mystery of Jesus entering the home of Martha and her family. This holy event models for us love in action.
Jesus found a home where he could rest!Jesus was always taking care of others, teaching in the synagogues, preaching in the mountains and the fields, feeding the multitude and healing the sick. Martha and Mary participated in the Divine Work of Jesus by welcoming Him in their home.
Welcoming participated in the Divine Plan!
Martha’s home was a physical place, however the true home was Martha’s heart!
Can we do the same? Our homes and our hearts need not be perfect, Jesus will change our reality with His presences.
Will Jesus find a welcome place in our hearts and homes? Will we allow Him to change our lives?
(Jesus said) “Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “the one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, ”Go and do likewise.” Luke 10: 36-37
Jesus is very demanding! He has no time for fake religious observance. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, He tells us that we must love individuals in need. Life can be cruel! We may not be able to change that reality, but regardless of who the person who suffers, we must be Jesus to them.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”
Mother Teresa’s words are not “Pie in the sky” religion, rather, this is how she lived and challenges us to do the same!
Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who not have seen me, and yet believe.” John 20: 29
Having a personal relationship with Jesus changes one’s life. Perhaps it was easier to develop a relationship with the Lord when he walked the earth. However, wherever we are, we can have this relationship through our human relationships, in the Word, in the Sacraments, and though prayer. Our lives will keep being transformed in this interchange.
Whenever life gets complicated and we start feeling bad about ourselves, come to Jesus; talk to Him. Received His Mercy; received His peace! We will rise from the feelings that are negative about ourselves; we will be transformed in Jesus’ mercy and love. Mercy and love, with Jesus is Divine, and unconditional. There exists no better relationship!
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice. John 18:37
There are so many things that are happening in our world, in our society, in our families and in our personal lives that it is so easy to be distracted. The Pandemic of 2020 has gone into 2021, and does not seem to be stopping! The emotions, and our reactions that come out of these distractions can change how we treat ourselves and others. We need the reminder of this Solemn Feast Day of Christ the King to regain our focus.
In all situations, Jesus Reigns!
If we stay present to this Kingdom, in our total being, then the things in this world have a focus and a purpose that brings us back to love.
Love is Always the Answer!
Jesus is Love! When He is our King, then we can maneuver in the chaos not be controlled by it!
Being a leper was a terrible thing. You would be like the living dead. All of the usual things of life would be denied you and for good reason. You presence in society would be dangerous because the disease that you have was not curable and was contagious. You were dead to your family!
Jesus brings resurrection when He encounters us!
This poor leper went to Jesus and he became alive again; the incurable was cured! We may not be lepers but we do need Jesus! His love can bring us back to life. All we need to do is follow the former leper’s example: come to Jesus!
Jesus is our Valentine! True love cures! Let us love one another. Let us be a people of love!