60 Second Reflections

November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Day

It is one of God’s precious gifts that in the midst of the most trying of times, we can experience the most intense feelings of gratitude. Even as the statistics mount on coronavirus deaths throughout the world, so many struggling for the air they need to live, we are grateful for each unencumbered breath we take. As we are forced to spend the holidays that are meant to be shared with family apart from those we love so much, we are grateful for their stabilizing presence in our lives even from far away. When attending church services and gathering with others in our worshiping communities is limited to a Zoom meeting or a livestreamed liturgy, we are grateful that it is our faith that continues to give us hope for a future together and healing for our hearts aching alone. This is the message proclaimed to us in our readings on this Thanksgiving Day. Sirach starts from the very beginning, blessing God for the miracle of life, for fostering the growth of each and every one of us from our mother’s womb. St. Paul gives thanks for the other, for all the gifts of God bestowed on our sisters and brothers in Christ.  Luke highlights the gift of healing, and the recognition of how it takes place in ourselves through the mercy of God. A powerful triad of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for life itself. Thanksgiving for healthy relationships. Thanksgiving for faith in Jesus Christ that brings healing. In this time when it seems so much has been taken away from us, perhaps it is easier than we think to recognize all that we have for which to be thankful. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. And a blessed Thanksgiving to all. Sir 50:22-24; Ps 138:1- 2a, 2bc-3, 4-5; 1 Cor: 1:3-9; Lk 17: 11-19

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