Wednesday, the 32st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Albert the Great
Readings for today’s Mass
If you recall, yesterday was a story about a servant who spent all day working for the master plowing fields and tending the livestock. i imagine he was tired and wanted to knock off for the day, but, instead, he was greeted by the master insisting that his needs be taken care first. Only then can the servant chill.
In response to this, Jesus suggested that the servant should not expect to hear a thank you from the master since the servant was simple doing what he was told to do. He was just doing his job.
Today's reading follows yesterday's with the story of ten lepers who were healed of disease. When just one returns to say thanks, Jesus seems to be put off because nine of the ten showed no gratitude. In light of yesterday's gospel, i wonder why Jesus would expect any gratitude at all. After all, he was a teacher and a healer. He was just doing his job. Note that Luke labels the one as a foreigner, an alien who should have expected no healing at all. Maybe that is why he is so grateful.
According to the servant leadership model, one of the most important attributes of a leader is a grateful heart. Gratitude, even before work is done, is an expectation that the work will be good. With this approach, the worker is encouraged to produce good work that merits gratitude.
So, did Jesus need the gratitude of the other nine lepers? Probably not. No doubt they were also grateful, but they were also overwhelmed and excited to be made whole.
But however you look at it, the gratitude of the recipient has no bearing on the nature of the good work. Goodness stands alone, whether or not anyone notices.
Fr. Solanus Casey, who will be beatified this weekend in Detroit, is said to have told people to thank God ahead of time. Always approach God with a grateful heart, fully expecting goodness. i think this is a most powerful expression of hope.