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A Gospel according to Lk 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,

he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.

As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy 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.”

REFLECTION: Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"

Our liturgical year has pretty much come to an end. We celebrated the feast of Christ the King of the Universe last Sunday, and will start the first Sunday of Advent in a few days.

In the meantime, we have a few days to hopefully rest a bit and reflect on all the blessings we have received this year.

In between baking pies, roasting a turkey, or smoking a brisket, we talk to our family members, and look forward to Advent and Christmas Season.

And with the pandemic, and all the unintended consequences it brought, should we feel grateful?

Many people decry the Church's decision to commute, this is, to temporarily remove the obligation of Sunday's Mass attendance, saying that this has made practicing Catholics, lukewarm. Lukewarm Catholics have completely become disinterested in our religion. Some are saying that priests have started becoming comfortable with the restrictions, and "enjoying" having to work less.

To an extent, I have seen the interior struggles of friends and family: increased use of alcohol or controlled substances, family violence, growing nihilism amongst young adults, acute acedia with older people. I am also seeing the gifts the Lord has given us because of this struggle.

In marine technologies, specifically in deep sea fish farming pens, we see that fish get accustomed to being fed at regular intervals and don't need to struggle to satisfy their needs. Basically, they become lazy. They stop swimming like they would, and their flesh becomes flaccid, and not very tasty. What is one of the solutions to this problem? Introduce a small predator.

Once a small predator (not too big as to eat the entire farm) is in the pen, the fish start swimming, and get strong. They forget to be complacent to their surroundings.

Maybe we, ourselves, were starting to become complacent in our society. Maybe we needed the struggle that 2020 has been.

Our family has lost members and friends due to Covid. Some others have lost their jobs and complete livelihood. Some are pregnant and terrified. Some of the children refuse to go to school in fear of the virus. And yet... fear has not paralyzed all of us.

If any, it has shown us that life is a gift. A very precious one. We take note of saying our hellos and goodbyes wholeheartedly. Our family, and many others we know, have increased our prayer and devotional life. We have learned not to take each other, the Sacraments and our priests for granted. We are learning to trust God.

There is still a lot of learning to do. God in His infinite love is showing us how to love and trust Him.

Let us trust in the Lord, and be grateful for those hidden blessings that have come to us during these difficult times.

Pray with us the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and trust in Him and His love for us all.


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