When we were little, our parents often taught us manners and ethics. The one good attitude that was always taught and emphasized for us was don't forget to say “thank you” when we received something. This attitude of expressing gratitude is reflected in today's Gospel when ten lepers came to Jesus to be cleansed, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" But when they were cleansed, only one person came back to express his gratitude to God. The others did not realize what God had done for them and they seemingly forgot the blessing that they had received.
Being grateful is sometimes so easily forgotten. Maybe we are so excited that we forget the One who had helped us and gave everything to us. Therefore, in the Gospel, God reminds us to behave in a balanced way when asking, give thanks. God has given us many things for free, granting our wishes, and meeting the needs of our lives. So, balancing these two things becomes the goal of everyday life in our words and deeds. Amen.
By Fr. Risco Batbual, SVD.