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ĐỜI SỐNG TÂM LINH - REFLECTION 28TH SUNDAY-C PDF Print E-mail

Living the Spirit of Thanksgiving
"Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" (Luke 17:18)


.Jesus wonders in this Sunday Gospel that all ten were healed yet only one of ten who is a gentile, a Samaritan, came back to express his gratitude to God. The return of a Samaritan to give thanks to God in Jesus for being cleansed from his leper is telling me that he was not only cleansed physically from his leper

More than that, his heart was also healed. Other nine were also cleansed from their lepers. However, their hearts might not be healed; thus, they did not return to Jesus to give thanks to God.
Giving thanks to God or to anyone for giving us any good is the matter of the heart. Thanksgiving expressed to God by the Samaritan leper after being cleansed is telling that his heart was moved by God's mercy. He realized the fact that he was cleansed and healed was because of God's mercy on him, not because of his being deserved based on who he was or what he did have or accomplish. He knew that he was not Jewish and did not accomplish anything to deserve him for being cleansed or healed. He realized there is only God's mercy that made him cleansed and healed and that divine mercy moved his heart to come back to give thanks to God in Jesus.
How about the other nine? They did not come back to give thanks to God in Jesus after being cleansed because their hearts were not moved by God's mercy. They believed that God used Jesus just as any other Jewish to cleanse them from their lepers because of their being deserved as Jewish,descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who had God as the God of Israel and who possessed and observed Mosaic laws.Thus, their hearts were not moved by God's mercy after being cleansed in order to come back to give thanks to God in Jesus.
Many Catholics today have stopped going to Sunday mass to celebrate the Eucharist because their hearts have not moved them to go because they have not felt a sense of belonging to the community or a sense of spiritual relationship they should have with God in the community. In Greek, Eucharist means "thanksgiving." Thus, going to Sunday mass to celebrate the Eucharist means to give thanks to God through the community. If people have not felt that they are loved by God and welcome by the community, they are more likely not going to Sunday mass to give thanks to God through the community.
However, I also have seen many Catholics, particularly in my Vietnamese community, who still go to Sunday mass, said to me that although they do not feel they want to go to mass, they try to go because they have been taught that they have to go to Sunday mass for their salvation. In other words, they go to Sunday mass out of their fear that they might be condemned in hell if they miss Sunday mass.
There is also a group of people who might or might not believe in God. However, they are sincere in searching meaning of their lives such as the beauty, goodness and truth. Then, they will finally find God in their searching. In addition, their hearts are moved by God and His love in order to motivate them to go to celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays to give thanks to God. Their experience with God Himself and His love is not limited in the church. Such experience in relationship with God inspires them to live an on-going Eucharist to express their gratitude to God in their daily life. This group of people is pretty much enthusiastic in living their life in God's presence and doing anything they can for the love of God and his people.
In relationship among people or between two people, especially in marriage couple, an act of appreciation can strengthen and deepen the relationship between couple. As mentioned above, appreciation is the matter of a heart of a person whose heart is moved by the good done or given to him or her by another person. He or she realizes and acknowledges that person's kindness and love toward him or her. When one believes that one deserves to receive the good thing from another person, one turns his or her back on that person's kindness and goodness. That kind of attitude makes oneself become unlovable person and discourages others from being kind and good to him or her. Thus, if we want to continually receive kindness and goodness from another person, especially in our marriage relationship, we should be kind and good first by our words of appreciation and act of kindness toward them.
At certain age of our lives, especially when we face with our midlife time, we will be happy with who we are and attract more what we are. For instance, if our hearts are filled with kindness, goodness and appreciation, we will attract more kindness, goodness and appreciation. In the opposite,if our hearts are filled with our own ego such as pride, greed and power, we will more likely end up with disappointment, discouragement, resentment and jealousy.

Thus, we will not get what we want or deserve; yet we will get more what we are. This is the law of attraction applied in spiritual level with God as well as with other human kind. So live it and you will see it!

QUANG VU

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