Today, for the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, the Gospel has the story of the ten lepers who met Jesus and asked him to have pity on them. He told them to go show themselves to the priests and, as they were going, they were cleansed. One of them returned to thank Jesus. He was a Samaritan, yet he knew how to be grateful. Jesus said, "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.'"
Now, I want to be one who always returns to give thanks for the marvels God does each day for me. Even as a child in school, I wanted to thank Jesus for those who never thanked or even remembered to turn to God. Now I am learning to live in gratitude and I will always hope others learn to do so, too. Try it and see how happy you are when you are grateful!
Let us walk the path of gratitude for the daily gift of life, and for all the surprises of each day!
It is also a day to thank for all those who have served in the armed forces to defend and protect us.