I am always struck by the difference between feeling blessed and feeling lucky. Luck is just about a random experience of good. For instance, if I win the lottery, I am lucky. God is not picking lottery winners. Praying to win the lottery is asking God to cheat. To be blessed is to know that there is someone out there who loves us, who is watching out for us, and taking care of us. 

In the Gospel for this week, we have the story of the 10 lepers and Jesus. All are cured of their leprosy, but only one, realizing he has been healed, returns to Jesus to express his gratitude. Jesus asked why the others did not return. Certainly, all feel lucky. Their great curse has been lifted. But the one leper recognizes that this healing is a gift and expresses that by coming back to Jesus.

Sometimes it is difficult, when any good thing happens to us, to discern if it was luck or if it was blessing. The best way to do this is to be grateful and to thank God, in all circumstances.

Our gratitude will never be greater than God’s generosity.
— Fr. Mike Comer