The Gospel at Holy Communion today:
“On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’”
(Luke’s Gospel, chapter 17, verses 11-19, NRSV)
Being thankful is very important, but who will know unless you also say “thank you” ?
Often it’s the person who most keenly realises how little they deserve who is most grateful for what they receive.
If we feel ‘entitled’ our gratitude is diminished, and both we and the giver are spiritually impoverished.
In a culture of “rights” such as ours, we need to rediscover the responsibility to be thankful, and the grace to say so.
This window is in St. Andrew’s church, Buckland, Hertfordshire.