The gospel for the Mass today is taken from St Luke, and has the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers. Having been healed, 9 of them bound away jubilant. Only one of them bothers to stay and thank Jesus. And he was a Samaritan. For Jewish hearers this was a moment to blush. For non-Jews, it was a moment to rejoice that they too could offer thanks and praise to God in the new covenant. If there is one thing St Luke wishes to show in his gospel, it is that salvation has come not just to the Jewish people but to all nations: Israel has become the new Israel.
Monsignor Pope from the archdiocese of Washington can see the outlined in this passage the basic and essential structure of the Mass – the Eucharist, the great “thanksgiving”. His meditation is well worth the short time it takes to read. Today’s gospel impresses upon us both the need to count our blessings, and the even greater need to thank God for them. There is no better return we can make to God for his blessings than the simple word of thanks, a thankfulness that is expressed in our lives as well as our words.