Posted by: frburke23 | November 27, 2013

Thought for Thanksgiving

Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”


For those of us in the USA, we celebrate Thanksgiving today.  In the Gospel today, Jesus teaches us an important lesson about being thankful.  Ten lepers were healed and only one of them, a Samaritan, returned to give thanks.  The other nine probably took for granted the gift they had been given. 

Have you ever taken for granted a gift that God has given you?  I know that I have.  Daily the Lord sends blessings upon us, saves us from danger, guides us along the way, gives us air to breathe, provides food to eat, showers grace upon us, and draws us closer to Himself.

Yes, today is a day for turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.  But make today more about giving thanks.  Take time before your meal today to give thanks to God for at least one thing.  Make this a daily part of your prayer before meals.

Today I’m thankful for so many things and people.  I am thankful for my family, who raised me to know the Lord and to love others.  I am thankful for the incredible friends that God has placed in my life (you know who you are).  I am thankful for health.  I am thankful for being called to be a priest and have the opportunity to bring others closer to Christ.  I am thankful every single breath, every minute, every laugh, every tear, every suffering, every cross, every joy, every piece of chocolate cake.

Thank you, Lord, for your providential love in our lives.  Thank you for creating us in your image and likeness.  Thank you, Lord, for your abiding presence among us.  Give us a spirit of thanksgiving today and every day of our lives.


Fr. Burke

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Here is the Spanish translation:

LUCAS 17:11-19

Mientras Jesús continuó su viaje a Jerusalén,
viajo a través de Samaria y Galilea.
Cuando estaba entrando en una aldea, diez leprosos le salieron al encuentro.
Se quedaron a distancia de él y levantaron sus voces, diciendo:
“¡Jesús, Maestro! ¡Ten piedad de nosotros! ”
Y cuando él los vio, les dijo:
“Vayan a presentarse a los sacerdotes.”
A medida que se iban fueron limpiados.
Y uno de ellos, dándose cuenta de que había sido sanado,
volvió, glorificando a Dios en alta voz;
y cayó a los pies de Jesús y le dio las gracias.
Él era un samaritano.
Jesús les contestó:
“Diez fueron limpiados, ¿o no?
¿Dónde están los otros nueve?
¿Nadie más que este extranjero regreso para dar gracias a Dios? ”
Entonces él le dijo: “Levántate y vete;
tu fe te ha salvado “.


Para aquellos de nosotros en los EE.UU., Celebramos Acción de Gracias hoy. En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús nos enseña una importante lección sobre el ser agradecido. Diez leprosos fueron sanados, y sólo uno de ellos, un samaritano, regresó para dar gracias. Los otros nueve probablemente dieron por hecho el regalo que se les ha dado.

¿Alguna vez has dado por hecho un regalo que Dios te ha dado? Yo sé que lo he hecho. Diariamente el Señor envía bendiciones sobre nosotros, nos salva del peligro, nos guía en el camino, nos da aire para respirar, provee comida para comer, duchas de gracia sobre nosotros, y nos acerca a Él mismo.

, hoy es un día para el pavo, relleno, salsa de arándano y pastel de calabaza. Pero hoy hazlo más acerca de dar gracias. Toma tiempo antes de tu comida hoy para dar gracias a Dios por lo menos por una cosa. Has de esto una parte diaria de tu oración antes de las comidas.

Hoy estoy agradecido por tantas cosas y personas. Estoy agradecido por mi familia, que me crió a conocer al Señor y amar a los demás. Estoy agradecido por los amigos increíbles que Dios ha puesto en mi vida (ustedes saben quién son). Estoy agradecido por la salud. Estoy agradecido por ser llamado a ser sacerdote y tener la oportunidad de acercar a otros a Cristo. ¡Estoy agradecido cada aliento, cada minuto, cada risa, cada lágrima, cada sufrimiento, cada cruz, cada alegría, cada pedazo de pastel de chocolate!

Gracias, Señor, por tu amor providente en nuestras vidas. Gracias por crearnos a tu imagen y semejanza. Gracias, Señor, por tu presencia permanente entre nosotros. Danos un espíritu de acción de gracias hoy y todos los días de nuestras vidas.


Fr. Burke

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  1. Dear Fr. Burke, I give thanks for YOU sharing these daily words of inspiration with us. Susan from Canada.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Dear Fr. Burke, I was wondering if you could include my daughter Kathryn in your prayers. She is 30 and no longer living at home, And though I was raised a Catholic and have very strong beliefs and take much comfort and joy in knowing Jesus Christ, I did a terrible job of teaching her about my religion and Jesus and in fact she was never baptized due to my husband’s wishes…Something I regret so much. I pray that she will open her heart to the teachings of Jesus and become a believer. She is interested but is very skeptical of Jesus’ divinity. Please pray that she opens her heart to accept Jesus as her Saviour.or pray that I know what to say to teach her properly. Thankyou. Susan from Canada.

    Sent from my iPad


    • I will remember your daughter in my prayers…

  3. And thank you God, for Father Burke!!!!!! Love, Catherine Monckton Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:05:11 +0000 To:

    • Thanks – praise be to God!

  4. Fr. Burke,

    Just wanting to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for being a Priest and continuing to listen to your call. You and all the great witnesses that I have encountered  give me hope everyday to strive to be what God is asking of me in a world that seems to leave God out of the equation.

  5. Gracias Padre y doy gracias a Dios por haberme cruzado en su camino y mis lágrimas de este momento son de felicidad , gracias Dios Mío.

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