Learn to be thankful – Fr. Mario Pacifici

Gio and Lisi after mass on Sunday

Gio and Lisi after mass on Sunday

Sunday 13 October’s Gospel reading came from Luke 17: 11 – 19. The Gospel is about one of the ten lepers who came to Jesus to thank him after being cured.

The Gospel says that finding himself cured one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself prostate at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.

Jesus then asked: “Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner…”

In his homily Fr. Mario asked the congregation, which included students of AEI to be thankful. “Don’t make your parents curse the day you were born because you are not thankful,” stressed Fr. Mario.

Alleluya band members welcoming Gio when he arrived in Malawi

Some of Alleluya band members welcoming Gio when he arrived in Malawi

Leading by example of being thankful, Fr. Mario thanked Gio and Lisi (an uncle and aunt of Valeria Giassi, a long time volunteer of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust) who were present during the Holy Mass, for their unwavering support to Alleluya band whenever the band travels to Italy for shows. This, according to Fr. Mario is a sign of a good missionary.

The congregation was told how dedicated the couple is whenever Alleluya band travels to Italy. Gio, the congregation was told, drives the bus thousands of kilometres without any pay. Lis makes sure they band does not perform on an empty stomach.

The other people mentioned for their different roles in Alleluya band’s tours are Dante and Maria Teresa.

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