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Giving thanks is central to our relationship with God – Reflections in Christ, by Fr. Steven Kostoff

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In reading the account in Saint Luke’s Gospel, in which Christ healed ten lepers, we learn how only one leper – and a Samaritan at that – returned to Him to offer thanks:  “Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed,  turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.  Now he was a Samaritan.”  This prompted Jesus to ask out loud, “Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” [Luke 17:11-19].  Therefore, in addition to the healing of the ten lepers that occurred instantaneously—“And as they went they were cleansed”—and which demonstrated that Jesus was not made unclean by close proximity to these lepers; we encounter what is perhaps an even deeper meaning to this narrative: the centrality of thanksgiving in…

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