10 September, Thursday — A Gratitude of the Day

Thursday of Week 23 in Ordinary Time

1 Cor 8:1-7,11-13
Lk 6:27-38

A good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ instructions may be tough, but they are also all about gratitude. Even those who are hard-hearted will get softened by our generosity and love over time as it is impossible to breed hatred all the time, since all of us are prone to change. When they change for the better, they will realize and return to you, perhaps apologizing and even thanking you. The highest possibility is that it happens in Heaven although it is possible that they will come to you while they are still alive.

We can never outdo God’s generosity as He will give us many good things while we continue to do good in our lives. As for me with a hearing disability, I can testify to God’s great generosity because He has blessed me with many good things (too many to count) after I decided to pursue my studies in the Philippines. I continue to make pilgrimages to the parishes and holy shrines, and serve the liturgical office in my university.

Let us make today our gratitude and thanksgiving to God. Take a moment to recollect your experience with God’s generosity. Never underestimate the simplicity of His gratitude.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Michael Goo)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, remove all our attachments and fill us with love and grace for this is enough for us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. 

Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, we are forever grateful to You for everything we have.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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