Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: No one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday October 13 2019
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
My dear friends, the central theme of our readings this weekend
is salvation, that is God desires all people to experience his love and mercy and also come to eternal life with Him. A secondary theme running through our readings is gratitude. We see this in the First Reading and in our Gospel where the ten lepers were cured but only one came back to Jesus to express his gratitude for healing him.
In psychology a sense of gratitude is essential for happiness, notwithstanding struggles and challenges. So the more we are thankful for who we are and what we have the more happy we become. For G.K. Chesterton “ gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
I’d like you to test this theory: think of people around you, your extended family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues you know who have a positive outlook on life and express their gratitude in different ways. You will probably also notice they are among the happiest people you know. Some of them may even have many misfortunes but that doesn’t curtail their sense of gratitude and the happiness they experience.
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
I’ll leave you with the profound words of G.K. Chesterton “ gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder .”