Live a Grateful Life

The Academy Awards, the Grammys, the Oscars, the Emmys, they’re so awesome. The beauty of these award shows is that the first thing that happens when someone receives an award, they actually show gratitude. They share with everyone who has helped them on this journey and the fact that they can’t do it alone.

The gospel for this Sunday, nine of the lepers who were healed do not show gratitude to Jesus. At the Oscars, no person who receives an award says, “I’m totally entitled to this award.” How often in our prayer life we can do the same thing. I’m entitled to God, You giving me this grace, You giving me straight A’s, this certain relationship. We can treat God as a vending machine. God is one who just is a giver of gifts. To live a life just feeling entitled for things, that leads to just needing more and desiring more. But living a life of gratitude, that brings peace. Stay with Jesus in the peace.

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