Today is November 22 and the holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States of America. If you want to know more about the Thanksgiving holiday, its origin, traditions, and forms of celebration, I would encourage you to look it up online.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time when family and friends gather around the table, but it’s more than just eating turkey and stuffing. For us Catholics, we are able to celebrate “thanksgiving” every day. Everyday we can go to Mass and receive Our Lord Jesus Christ – body, blood, soul, and divinity. The word Eucharist (Latin – eucharistia) means “thanksgiving.” Turkey is good to eat, but it will never provide you eternal life. Only Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrament of Altar can provide eternal life.
Today’s blog is not a theological explanation of the Eucharist, but it’s to remind all of us that we MUST give thanks to God. All that we have comes from Him. He is our provider. When He answers a prayer…Give Thanks! Don’t forget to Thank Him for answering that prayer. When we ask someone for a cup of coffee, we say thank you. So why don’t we thank God when he provides for us something we requested from Him? In this Year of Faith, let us give thanks for our faith and let us give thanks to all those individuals that help us understand it more.
G.K. Chesterton, the great Catholic writer said, “Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.”
This year, I am thankful for being back home in Arizona with family (especially the ability to see my niece and goddaughter so much). I am thankful for the many friends I have here. I am thankful for my job at the parish and the parishioners. I am thankful for my faith and the ability to know it, teach it, and write about it.
Whether you are in or outside of the United States today –
What Are You Thankful For?
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