Gratitude is a precious spiritual medicine which helps us truthfully and positively engage the gift of our lives, drawing us closer to the Lord and one another. Happy Thanksgiving Day!
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The thankfulness of a cleansed leper reveals the power of gratitude to renew and heal our hearts.
The Psalm response echoes the grace revealed in the Gospel of Luke. When we count our blessings we open our hearts in faith to the healing power of Jesus Christ.
The Psalm Response invites us to praise God each day. Through our prayer, service and personal enrichment we acknowledge what the Lord has done for us as we share our lives with one another.
What are you thankful for today? What gifts do you recognize right now in your life and how do you share them gratefully with others? How has God’s grace transformed your life? Now go, and be a blessing in the world!
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?
Study: Recall a time when you received really good news. How did it affect your life?
Pray: Reflect on the blessings of your life – perhaps even make a list – and take a moment in your prayer to thank the Lord.
Serve: It’s easy to take our blessings for granted; look for a way to help someone in your life recognize the gifts they have been given.
There is a lot of Good News in the readings this week:
- 1st Reading – Elisha offers hope to an aging couple
- Psalm – “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”
- 2nd Reading – Paul reminds us that we have died and risen with Christ
- Gospel – Christ invites us to put Him first in our lives
As much as the world might try at times to make us think that bad news sells, deep in our hearts we long to hear Good News – words that inspire, give us hope, and energize our lives.
Good News reminds us that the Lord has a plan for our lives and invites us to trust as we make Jesus Christ the center of what we say and do. Good News is not “pie-in-the-sky” that says just hang on long enough as you’ll get your reward; rather, we keep going because every day (good or bad) has unique lessons that can draw us closer to God and one another. Good News proclaims that not only is there something fantastic at the end of the journey, but that the Lord himself will accompany us every step of the way.
Where do you see Good News in your life right now? Where have you recognized Jesus Christ at work in your life? Take a moment to thank the Lord for the blessings you have and help others to see the ways that they have been touched by God’s grace. In other words: proclaim the Good News!
The first reading and psalm response show people praising God with grateful hearts. What are you thankful for today? How can you express in word or action fitting praise for what God has done in your life?
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!
What are you thankful for today? When you count your blessings what comes to mind? Gratitude is a powerful antidote for many spiritual sicknesses. Take a moment today and consider the ways your life has been graced by God!