The Spirit of the Lord – fulfilled by Jesus in Gospel of Luke – empowers us to acknowledge God’s grace in our lives. Like pieces of a magnificent stained glass window, we are called to shine with the unique gifts and blessings the Lord has given us.
The end of today’s passage from the Gospel of Luke offers a powerful reminder: we are called to live the blessing of our lives to the fullest extent. What’s more, we will be judged, not in comparison to others, but in comparison to the gifts that God has placed within us.
Once a year as a nation we pause and give thanks for our blessings. It’s a great idea, and as disciples of Jesus Christ we pause everyday to thank the Lord with a grateful heart. What are you thankful for today? How can you share your blessings and be a light in the world?
1st Reading – Solomon asks God for wisdom and understanding
Psalm – “Lord, I love your commands.”
2nd Reading – All things, good and bad, work for good for those who love God
Gospel – When you find the pearl of great price, you sell everything you have to acquire it
If the Lord would grant you one request, what would you ask for? We can learn a lot about ourselves by what we seek, and sometimes we discover when we get it that it might not have truly been the best thing. Yet, it is the desire in our hearts, however, that tells us if we are on the right track.
Solomon asked to be wise and understanding…a wonderful response!
Jesus uses the parable of the pearl to remind us that there are some things in life so precious that other wishes and requests pale in comparison. With this in mind, here are a couple of thoughts to consider:
What is it you often wish for?
Are there any blessings in your life that you might be taking for granted?
Do you have your priorities organized? Are the most important things getting your time, effort and attention?
God will take the sum of our lives – good and bad – and bless it with grace. As we seek the Lord today, may we bring our hearts and offer ourselves….so that our response will draw us closer to Jesus Christ and one another.
Today as a country we practice what our faith in Christ commands: to be thankful for all that God has given us. Let’s count our blessings and be grateful for what we have. May we all thank the Lord for the gift of life and the chance to let the love of Jesus flow through our hearts. Happy Thanksgiving!
Note: This picture of Msgr. Ed Meulemans and I was taken in July 2015. He is a great friend and mentor…and I am thankful for his presence in my life!