Give Thanks to God; your faith has saved you.


The Gospel reading for Thanksgiving Day.

Brothers and Sisters, I pray that you have blessed holiday. I believe the message of the gospel is fairly self-evident; however, it reminds me of a personal experience between my wife and I the other night over dinner. I was sitting in the office studying of some nature when my wife told me that she had fixed supper for the both of us. I came out to see leftover soup and two corn muffins, we prayed, and I began to eat the meal. My wife looked up and said, “What do you think about supper?” I was thinking about it for split second, and she immediately replied, “You don’t like it.” I quickly responded, “I am very thankful for it.” The response caused her to have an instant smile, and she told me that it truly warmed her heart.

My wife loves me, and God loves all of his children. It’s important for us to remember to offer up our prayers of thanksgiving to God for the grace he has given to us by the sacrifice of his only son, Christ the Lord.

A reading from the Gospel of Luke

Luke 17: 11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”

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