October 13th Sunday Reflection

The one who said thanks was a Samaritan.
Auschwitz survivor, Eli Wiesel offers this insightful reflection on the subject of gratitude: ‘no one is as capable of gratitude as the one who has emerged from the kingdom of the night’. It is indeed the one who has been sick who appreciates health; the one who knew poverty who treasures wealth; the one who was incarcerated who values being free. Today’s Gospel extract is a case in point. We hear of the Samaritan leper who said thanks when he was healed by Jesus. The despised foreigner, the untouchable outsider shows gratitude. Could it be that his suffering opened the door to thankfulness? We pray for thankful hearts always, believing, in the words of American self-help author, Melody Beattie that ‘gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow’. Gratitude turns what we have into enough!