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Gratitude

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“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.” (Luke 17:17)

I am really excited about today’s Gospel for two reasons. The most immediate reason is that I can’t wait to share it with my 3rd grade students. I found this really fun idea that suggested making finger-puppet ten lepers by gluing pompoms on the finger tips of gloves. You put eyes and mouths on both sides of the “heads” so that if you put the gloves on and hold them palms out, the faces are sad (the 10 lepers), and if you turn them the other way, they are smiling (healed). You glue a little heart on one finger to represent the grateful leper. The most exciting part about this for me is that I found gardening gloves with red rubber dots on the palm side (for gripping). This naturally will be the side with leprosy. No doubt about it, I am easily entertained, not to mention how much fun I had gluing yarn on each head in different ways to simulate hair. (One leper has a great “comb over.”) There is another more profound reason why I love this Gospel. It is “Gratitude 101.” There is practically no better way to get our heads screwed on correctly (or glued on, as the case may be) than gratitude. When I am crabby or out of sorts, nothing brings me around to better thinking that writing a list of things for which I am grateful. I know of no better way to examine one’s conscience than to sit in grateful silence for a period of time. It always takes me to a place where I realize that God is God, and I am not. It humbles me, and I find even the hard things in life bear some gratitude from my heart. In the words of German Philosopher Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”


Provident God,

thank You.


Clare Willrodt
Marketing and Public Relations Associate, Avera

2 KINGS 5:14-17 ● PSALM 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 ● 2 TIMOTHY 2:8-13 ● LUKE 17:11-19

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