Have you every anticipated going outside on a cold day and braced yourself for harsh weather? If you are like me, you probably clench up and wrap yourself more tightly in your coat. But then, what happens if you leave the shadow of the building you just came from and step into the warmth of sunlight? Doesn’t it cause you to relax a bit and soak in the sun’s goodness. Being aware of God’s goodness allows us to relax into trust and be more disposed to the stirrings the Lord places on our hearts.
This is why we begin each week with the Eucharist, which means “thanksgiving”. It allows us to face the coming week with an awareness of Christ’s warming and strengthening presence and become both more vulnerable in Jesus’ presence and, thus, more open to His healing, and stride more confidently in the journey of faith.
We can learn a lot from the leper who returned to Jesus to give thanks in this Sunday’s gospel.