Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Benefits of Being Thankful

BEADS OF JOY 11-09-16
“Benefits of Being Thankful”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 (Benefits of Being Thankful)
“On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. 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 said Jesus, "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."

How often are you grateful? How often are you ungrateful when you know you should have been grateful? Ingratitude leads us to a lack of charity towards of others and pushes us into a more negative attitude of discontentment. Let us not live our lives in such a way, that leads us to be ungrateful. Rather let us live a life of complete gratitude and thankfulness. It is compassion that has empathy for those who suffer. But it is through having mercy that to the best of our ability that we try to help embrace their suffering as our own.

So, I challenge you, live a life with an attitude of gratitude. Doesn’t it always feel so wonderful to say, “Thank you!” or “I appreciate all you have done for me.” or “You have made my life so much better, thank you.” This gratitude isn’t only directed to others, which it should be; but most importantly it needs to be directed to Almighty God. He needs to know how much we love Him and appreciate all He has done for us, all the time, every single day if possible.

Cleansing of The Ten Lepers
by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)

"Why did [Jesus] not say, 'I will, be cleansed,' as he did in the case of another leper (Luke 5:13), instead of commanding them to show themselves to the priests? It was because the law gave directions to this effect to those who were delivered from leprosy (Leviticus 14:2). It commanded them to show themselves to the priests and to offer a sacrifice for their cleansing. He commanded them to go as being already healed so that they might bear witness to the priests, the rulers of the Jews and always envious of his glory. They testified that wonderfully and beyond their hope, they had been delivered from their misfortune by Christ's willing that they should be healed. He did not heal them first but sent them to the priests, because the priests knew the marks of leprosy and of its healing." (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILIES 113-16)

Talk to you all tomorrow. I have a busy day ahead. Chrissy has a colonoscopy today and we were up till 3:00 am watching the election. Thank you all for all your prayers. America has a chance to be great again, to be generous again and to be wonderful for our children again. For the past eight years, the lights were getting dimmer and dimmer and if the wrong candidate was chosen last night, they would have been shut down. Praise Jesus for answering our prayers.

The Benefits of Being Thankful and the Ten Lepers


Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS


Today is Wednesday: We pray the Glorious Mysteries:

The Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection (Faith) –Mark 16:1-8
2. The Ascension (Hope) –Luke 24:50-53
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Love) –Acts 2:1-4
4. The Assumption of Our Lady
(Grace of a Happy Death) –Rev 12:1-6
5. The Coronation of Mary (Mary’s intercession) –Judith 15:9-10

Glory and Honor and Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ!

Rosary Man Jim's Glorious Reflections: