Nine were cured,
and a tenth was healed. The nine saw again and the last one was grateful and
lifted his heart in praise and thanks.
He was a man of another country, not liked by the
followers of Jesus, yet his heart was like the heart of Jesus, thankful and
The word ‘thanks’
can change an atmosphere. It is one of the most important words between people
who are in ordinary and consistent relationships. With those we love, with
those with whom we work, live with, and with whom life is shared, it is a word
that deepens the bond among us. It brings a lightness among us.
heart is a grateful heart. We sometimes
find people whose lives are very difficult and disabled on the outside but
heave a heart of thanks on the inside. They are the people who thank for what
they have, rather than whine over what they have not.
The thanks of the
Samaritan brought him into a sort of unity with Jesus and with the others who
looked on him as a foreigner. Thanks can bring enemies together. When we thank
for the same things, we shatter barriers.
The nine were
cured, and probably did well for Jesus in their reports. But the tenth brought
the new life of Jesus to others from a grateful heart.
Give thanks this
day for the ordinary, for the people who are always there, for t he goodness of
God. Give thanks, and in giving thanks we will be more like Jesus, the one whose
life and words thank God his Father.
Donal Neary SJ.