Thanksgiving Day
LK 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.

Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”

Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
Gospel citations come from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Bob Cronin ‘82

One of my favorite rock lyrics is by the 70’s band Yes, who sang, “Don’t surround yourself with yourself…” This is actually a chess term, but it is also appropriate for both today’s Gospel and Thanksgiving holiday.

In this reading, the Samaritan and nine others passed the test of obedience and set out to show themselves to the priests. Then only the Samaritan made the effort to “return and give praise to God” for being healed. Jesus said to the Samaritan that faith made him well. The other nine were healed physically, but the Samaritan was also spiritually healed and received Jesus’ grace.

On this special holiday, Americans retreat from everyday life—we gather with loved ones to give thanks for many blessings. So many days I am guilty of the common sin of ingratitude by simply taking things in my life for granted: good health, my wonderful wife and family, a warm home and good meals, great friends, freedom in our country, and our faith.

This Gospel calls us to not surround ourselves with ourselves. Let us “return and give praise to God” this day for many blessings—especially the ones we sometimes take for granted.

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Msgr. Michael Heintz
Director of the Master of Divinity Program

Lord God, giver of all good gifts, make us truly grateful for the many blessings we receive from your hand each day: life, friendship, and the joys of human love. Make us generous in sharing what we have received with those in need around us, and to draw others more deeply into friendship with Jesus, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


This Thanksgiving—and at every Mass—let us gather in thanks and share our love with those who need it most!