November 28, 2013 - Thanksgiving
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
What would happen if we woke up each morning and the only things left in our lives were the things for which we are truly grateful?
We certainly wouldn't take things for granted anymore, would we? And there are lots of things we take for granted.
There are essential things like:
clean water, safe roads, electricity, garbage pick-up, our abundance of food, refrigeration
There are things that give us pleasure like:
Coffee, chocolate, wine, central air and central heat
What are some things for which you are grateful?
Do you sometimes take those things for granted?
We can't just be grateful for things.
We must also be grateful for those special people who impact our lives, those people who call us by our names.
One of the ways we show gratitude is by treating those people with respect.
Why? Because they matter, because they are important to us, because they love us, because they are also made in the image and likeness of God.
Who are some of the people for which you are grateful?
a friend, a beloved, husband, wife, a soul mate, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, a teacher, a spiritual guide
Jesus, who loves us.
Jesus who heals us.
Jesus who forgives us.
Jesus who calls us to follow.
Jesus who gives his very life on the cross to save us.
How do we show that we are grateful to Jesus?
Here are some ways we can show our gratitude to Jesus:
By coming here to give praise and thanks.
By picking up the new hymnals and lifting our voices in song.
By sharing in the bread and wine transformed into Jesus' body and blood at the Last Supper that has been handed down to us that we celebrate here.
By daring to say and to really believe and to act like Jesus is Lord.
By answering his call to follow.
By giving of ourselves to others.
By saying things like, "I love you." "May I help you." "I'm here for you." "I'm sorry."
What would happen if we woke up each morning and the only things left in our lives were the things for which we are truly grateful ?
We certainly wouldn't take things for granted anymore.
Today is our national holiday of Thanksgiving, a day set aside to remember those things for which we are grateful.
Today is the day that we say “thank you” to God for the gift of one more day to be able to come here and sing God's praises.