“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Seneca: (4 BC – AD 65 was a philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—satirist from the Silver Age of Latin literature.
Gospel Text: (Lk 17:11-19)
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”
Reflect, today, upon your approach to the goodness of God. Of the ten who were healed, only this one leper manifested the right attitude. The others may have been grateful, but not to the extent that they should have been. How about you? How deep is your gratitude toward God? Are you fully aware of all that God does for you every day? If not, seek to imitate this leper and you will discover the same joy that he discovered.