28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – C October 10th , 2010

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“Were not the ten made clean?
But the other nine,
where are they?”

Dear Friends:

The gospel scene today is almost incredible to us. How could the nine men after being cured by Jesus of a horrible disease fail to return and thank him?  All of us would like to think that in our relationship with God, we are like the Samaritan who returned to give thanks and praise to God. Gratitude like that of the Samaritan is the very basis of what our worship of god should be when we gather for the celebration of the Eucharist.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, as the very name suggests, our hearts are filled with thanks and gratitude first of all toward God for providing for all human needs. God who makes everything grow, gives us food for our bodies and nourishes our souls with His grace and love.

Then we give thanks for one another for being sisters and brothers of the same human family and in a special way of the family of Christ, the Church.

As a parish community we give thanks for all the members who nourish this community and so serve the Body of Christ. Thank you to all who signed up for the different ministries, services and groups in our parish. Actions speak louder than words!

We give thanks to God for sending his Son Jesus Christ into this world to be with us and save us through His life-giving suffering, death and resurrection.

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You’ve done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.