I ask for the grace of gratitude for God’s mercy and the grace to model it for others.
Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:
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 voice, 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."
From the March 2013 letter “With Pope Francis at the Beginning of his Pontificate” by Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás to the whole Society of Jesus:
We are aware that our efforts are limited and that we all carry the burden of a history of sin that we share with all humanity. But we also experience God’s radical call inviting us to consider all things and look to the future in a new way, as Ignatius did in Manresa. This is the time to appropriate the words of mercy and goodness that Pope Francis repeats so convincingly and not allow ourselves to be swept away by distractions from the past, which may paralyze our hearts and lead us to interpret reality with values that are not inspired by the Gospel.
Music: “I’m Alive” by Kenny Chesney
View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.
Rembrandt's "The Return of the Prodigal Son" via Wikipedia.