This message comes as we are trying to end the Covid-19 isolation – our own leper experience of being isolated from society. But as we come back from all this, have we taken the time to show our appreciation? For some it may have been food supplies, some stimulus checks, others live streaming Masses, and still others a phone call simply to check if all is okay. Have we expressed our thanks for these and other things provided us?

In the Gospel, one of ten lepers returned to thank Jesus. In Church, our Mass is our great prayer of Thanksgiving. Have we returned to celebrate with the community this great expression of Thanksgiving? Pope Francis said, “The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.” If we’re honest, that’s all of us. We all need this medicine. Hope to see you at mass so we can give thanks to God!!!