Luke 17:11-19Â – The 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time â€“ for October 13, 2013
â€œAs he entered a village, ten lepers approached himâ€¦â€ (Luke 17:12)
â€œNever forget to say â€˜pleaseâ€™ and â€˜thank you.â€™â€
I remember this as one of the earliest instructions from my parents. We practiced the words around the dinner table and were told to live them out in daily life.
â€œPass the mashed potatoes,â€ I mightâ€™ve said.
â€œWhat did you say?â€ Mom asked.
â€œPlease pass the mashed potatoes.â€
Letâ€™s say we were at my grandparentsâ€™ farm and I did half of the right thing and asked grandma to please pass her worldâ€™s-best fried okra to me. She did and I scooped it onto my plate and started eating . . .
â€œWhat do you say?â€ Dad asked.
â€œThank you, Grandma.â€
Please. Thank you. They are table lessons. Life lessons. They are easy to recall, and yet also easy to trivialize.
After all, appreciation can fit nicely on your average bumper. Letâ€™s watch a few cars rumble by, with their stickers declaring a way of life . . .
Choose an attitude of gratitude.
Thanksgivingâ€™s once a year; thanksliving is every day.
Learn to be grateful, not hateful.
Letâ€™s say youâ€™re desperate for a pithy quote about gratitude as you prepare to wow your Rotary Club with a before-dinner talk or to impress your high school speech teacher or youâ€™re cobbling together a sermon late on Saturday night (or, gasp, early on Sunday morning). You, being a twenty-first century type, let Google do your cruising on ye olde web and within a few clicks you are rewarded with . . . Continue reading →