The scripture readings that will be used in Catholic Churches around the world this coming weekend (October 13) are: 2nd Kings 5: 14-17, 2 Timothy 2: 8-13, and Luke 17: 11-19. Please note that the Gospel reading is the same one we use for the Feast of Thanksgiving–the ten lepers. Today we will focus our hearts and minds on that wonderful Gospel passage from Luke and see that, in spite of so many reasons to worry about ourselves, those places in the world where people are lashing out at one another, where there is a lack of essential services for our poorest and most vulnerable citizens because of the shut down of the government, we must be thankful. Why call for thanksgiving when we should be calling for lament, for justice, for action? Yes, we must work for social justice without ceasing, but today, as we look at the Gospel reading, thanksgiving, must fill our hearts. Gratitude, the often-overlooked response to God loving care must be part of our daily prayer. The story of the ten lepers lets us see the nature of gratitude and how it brings a second blessing to the one leper who returns to Jesus. They were all healed. Nine did as Jesus asked and probably lived fruitful lives reunited with their families. But one received a second blessing. He was not only healed but received the blessing of wholeness and even salvation. Our blessings, do we receive them and go away or do we receive a second blessing by being thankful, by giving thanks to those who bless us with friendship, family love, food, clothing, a decent job? And even those who are less fortunate, when they are blessed with a meal or a visit to a food pantry, they can also receive a second blessing by showing the joy that comes from being served. I am always struck by the gratitude of some of the guests who come to our Meal Program at All Saints. For those guests, they not only receive a wonderful meal but the rich blessing of gratitude, a second blessing. So, we need to cultivate the noblest of emotions–thanksgiving. Gratitude draws us out of ourselves into something bigger and joins us to the source of all blessing-our loving Father. And that is what the nine lepers missed. They did nothing wrong. They were healed, but they did not voice their blessing and so missed out on being made whole.