Sunday, October 9, 2016
My Lord says ... Luke 17:11-19
As Jesus continued His journey to Jerusalem, He traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As He was entering a village, ten lepers met Him. They stood at a distance from Him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when He saw them, He said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned
to give thanks to God?”
Then He said to him,
“Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”
There is a saying in our country that “whoever doesn’t know how to look back where a person came from, will not be able to reach the destination where that person intends to go.” It means that a person who is not grateful for the help and support he or she gained or obtained from a family member, a relative, or a friend, will not prosper in his life. From childhood, parents teach their children how to say ‘thank you’ to someone for anything received. In this way, sense of appreciation and gratitude are developed in a child’s mind and heart. But when a child becomes an adult, the kind of attitude a person was brought up to have, changes. I say this because there are people who become proud and not even grateful if something is given to them.
One of my closest friends told me that after their conjugal property was sold, she divided her share among her four adult children as their inheritance. One daughter likes to have the share by herself already and was thankful to her. But it seemed hurting her that this daughter turned her back on her because she has never talked to her mother since the last five months after getting her share. Though the other daughter appreciated it and was thankful to her also , she doesn’t mind whether she will get a share or not. This daughter even told my friend that she can have it for her future need. She is always concern about her mother. While the other daughter told my friend that she didn't need to say 'thank you' because it was against her will that the property had to be sold. Lastly, her son is so proud not to accept it and he didn’t tell his reason. He didn’t even say ‘thank you’ to his mother for the inheritance. He even turned his back on her also after helping him find a good job abroad.
What could I say to my friend??? Nothing said to be grateful and appreciative speaks the kind of heart a person has. Just pray for their conversion and enlightenment, I suggested.
" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a