Gratitude consummates the miracle

Luke 17:15-19  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

This is one of Jesus most astonishing miracles, he healed 10 lepers. In those days lepers were outcast, homeless, helpless, rejected by society, condemned to live in shame and loneliness. These lepers came to Jesus asking for mercy and got his attention. Something worth to note is that they were not healed instantly, in fact Jesus just sent them out to show themselves to the priest. According to the law, this was the last step to be declared healed from leprosy. Well, they had nothing to lose and even though they were still leprous, they did it. Against all odds, on the very road, while they were walking, they were healed. Their lives turned around, they received a second chance, now they could live with their families again.

But, unfortunately, despite the fact that their situation had changed dramatically, just one of them felt gratitude and went back to thank Jesus.

Nowadays we live in a world sunk in a terrible crisis of Gratitude. Consumerism, Indifference and Selfishness, which have become distinctive traits of our society, have eradicated from our lives, not only the word, but the attitude of being grateful.

Many people live in the most terrible unhappiness, in spite of having a bunch of blessings, just because they live complaining of their lack of “everything”. The only lack that makes us wretched is the lack of gratitude.

Let me encourage you to make a stop and take a moment to say thanks. Please remember what happened to the only grateful former leper; gratitude always consummates the miracle.

We have been saved to be grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving.