"Where are the other nine?"

Jesus has just gotten through blessing ten lepers and sending them to see the priest. On the way, they
realize that they have bee cleansed. Now one was a Samaritan, who knew he would not get a good
reception from a priest in Judea. But instead of just going on his way, he returns to Jesus overcome with
a gratitude which drives him to the ground at Jesus’ feet.

But where are the other nine? Presumably, they showed themselves to the priest as instructed.
Presumably they went on their way. They followed Jesus’ instruction, accepted his gift and felt justified
by it.

I think that Jesus is saying that grace, a gift beyond health and wealth, comes to those with grateful
hearts. The truly blessed are overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity of God. It is from gratitude
that Sirach’s blessing comes:

May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you.

This Thanksgiving, let us thank God for the joy and peace in our hearts.

Dear Lord God,

You alone are the source of every good gift
and the mystery of each human life.
We thank you for creation
and for your tender, faithful love.
Fill our minds with the Gospel of your son Jesus
and fill our hearts with his compassion.
Send your Spirit to grant us wisdom,
that our gratitude may bind us together
into a community of faith and a caring people.

Give us the courage
to express our gratitude first
as we discern how to be good stewards
of the gifts entrusted to us,
that we may do the work for your Kingdom.
In your son’s name we pray,

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Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Monday, August 10, 2020
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“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Monday, August 10, 2020
I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as... Read More

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,

Sunday, July 19, 2020
The full text of Romans 8:26-27 (which wouldn't fit in the blog title) is: Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for... Read More

“The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
In today’s gospel, Jesus talks about four reactions to the word: lacking understanding, falling away due to conflict, faith choked by worldly... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to serve you as you deserve,

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Last Sunday St Therese hosted a Vigil for Social Justice in our parking lot. It is now available on our Facebook page. Before I mention a bit... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous;

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Last week, Father and parish leadership published a letter about the twin crises that are facing our nation and community. The letter had three... Read More

"What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."

Saturday, June 20, 2020
In the expanded quote in today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” not once, not twice but three times! He knew that many... Read More

"Do not forget the LORD, your God, who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A people in a “parched and waterless ground”? Sounds like the story of African Americans for the past 400 years. From slavery to the... Read More