28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
11 Oct 2019

Ingratitude is perhaps the most common of all human failings.  Nothing is so hurtful as to be taken for granted without a word spoken in thanks or praise.  What causes the most pain is the neglect and coldness of those for whom we have done our best.  One of the most satisfying experiences in life is to receive a word of praise as a mark of appreciation for a service rendered.  While we are ready to deplore the ingratitude of others, we are often unaware of our own ungratefulness.  As Christ headed towards Jerusalem and the cross, he met deep and amazing ingratitude along the border between Samaria and Galilee.  The ten lepers who Jesus encountered received the gift of his healing power and yet only one leper thought it worthwhile to return and say thanks. In response to this, Jesus expressed his genuine disappointment at the attitude of the nine who stayed away and failed to praise God.  The best things in life are appreciated more when they are in danger of being lost.  After an encounter with serious illness, we are filled with a sense of gratitude for our health and feel a new joy in living.  The real worth of our love for God flows from our ability to recognize the countless blessings, great and small, which come our way daily.  Coming together for the celebration of the Eucharist makes it clear that the giving of thanks to God is an essential part of our worship and prayer life. Since the whole of our existence depends entirely on God’s will we should not let a day pass without thanking God for the good things in life, and the crosses and trials that put us to the test.