know thank-you or no thank-you?
"Was there no one to return and give thanks to God except this foreigner?" —Luke 17:18
Jesus healed ten lepers and taught us that:
- We have a lot to be thankful for.
- Most of us are probably not thankful most of the time.
- Those who are thankful are often not the ones we expected to be thankful (see Lk 17:16).
- Thankfulness is an act of faith (Lk 17:19).
- Thankfulness can be a way of receiving salvation from Jesus (see Lk 17:19).
Because of Who God is and what love He has given us, the Lord commands us to:
- "Render constant thanks" (1 Thes 5:18).
- "Give thanks to God the Father always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Eph 5:20).
- "Enter His gates with thanksgiving" (Ps 100:4).
Jesus died for you. Thank Him by living for Him. Happy "Thanks‑living!"
Prayer: Father, may thanksgiving take precedence over selfishness.
Promise: "Desire therefore My words; long for them and you shall be instructed." —Wis 6:11
Praise: Steve inspired his fellow Christians by leading them in prayers of thanksgiving even during great times of adversity and struggle.
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001