Read Wisdom 6:1-11, Ps. 82:3-4,6-7, Luke 17:11-19

“Then said Jesus, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and praise God except this foreigner?’ And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:17-19)

Today’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom is particularly directed at anyone in any position of power. It teaches us that all power belongs to God, and whatever power you hold is given to you by God. Use the authority you exercise responsibly, and always remember that you shall account for it before God: “For the Lord of all will not stand in awe of anyone, nor show deference to greatness; because he made both small and great, and he takes thought for all alike.” (Wisdom 6:7).

In response to the leper who came to give thanks, Jesus said: “Your faith has made you well.” This implies that there is a connection between gratitude and faith. It takes faith to realise that the good things which come our way are never by chance. By giving God thanks, we become ever more conscious of His power. The more we count our blessings, the healthier we become.

To the ungrateful heart, prayers are just a waste of time, a reminder of their pains and the increase of their fears. Learn to count your blessings so as not to have a negative attitude to life. To every cloud, there is a silver lining. No matter how tough things are, there is always something to be grateful for.

Deliberately thank God always so you can confidently ask God when you are in need. Ten lepers were cured, but only one was made well. Being cured of our problems is one thing: gratitude makes us whole, complete, and well.

_Saint of the Day:_ We remember Saint Albert the Great today. He was the son of a military nobleman born in 1206 in Germany. He became a Dominican Priest. He taught theology in Cologne, Germany and Parish, France. He was the teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. Indeed, he was a very influential teacher, preacher, and administrator. He was made the Bishop of Regensburg, Germany. He was known for his wide interest in the natural sciences. He was considered on par with Aristotle as an authority based on his writings.

Let us pray: Almighty, ever-living God, deepen my faith and grant me total healing in mind and body. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of week 32 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Wisdom 6:1-11, Ps. 82:3-4,6-7, Luke 17:11-19).

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu