Daily Mass Reflections - 11/14
“You can’t always get what you want...but if you try sometimes, you just might find....you get what you need” ~ Mick Jagger
The virtues of obedience and gratitude are closely examined in today’s Reading (Titus 3:1-7) and Gospel (Luke 17:1-9) respectively, the latter in the recitation of the parable of the grateful leper.
In Paul’s letter to Titus, the obedience that he speaks of is rooted in peacefulness, consideration and graciousness towards our neighbor, and his own personal conversion to this new way of life is proof positive of the fruit that a life rooted in these virtues can bear.
In a day and age where renegades and free spirits are adored and idolized, do we have the courage to patiently pursue a life of strict obedience to God’s ways, seeking the forgiveness and genuine conversion that leads to true freedom, this despite the fact that this very notion flies in the face of what the secular word tells us?
In our Gospel today, Jesus cleanses ten lepers of their ghastly affliction yet only one returns to thank him. In some ways, the nine cured lepers mirror those in our society today that emanate a sense of entitlement. Our Gospel Passage today cries out to us, don’t be that guy. Don’t be an ingrate, don’t be the one who doesn’t appreciate the fact that everything we have, everything, comes from God. Once we realize that, it will spur us on to be more generous with our gifts. But gratitude must be cultivated first. Without gratitude, generosity never happens, and without a spirit of generosity, we will never grow to truly love our neighbor as magnanimously as our Holy Father expects us to.
“O God, whose mercies are without number and whose goodness is an inexhaustible treasure, I give you thanks for the gifts you have given me, Evermore beseeching your goodness, that while you hear the prayers of all those who ask, You also prepare them for the blessings yet to come.” ~ Amen