Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Catherine of Alexandria— (287-+305) Virgin and Martyr, Patron Saint of Young Girls, Students, Philosophers and Craftsmen Working with Wheels
Daniel 6:12-28, Psalm (Daniel 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74), & Luke 21:20-28
Today we celebrate Thanksgiving, and many of us have been planning and preparing for this day for weeks. Yet, I wonder how thankful we would be if we woke up in a homeless shelter this morning with no job, no education, and no idea where to get our next meal.
I wonder how thankful we could be if an earthquake, flood, or fire wiped out our livelihoods, our homes, or even perhaps a member of our families. I wonder how thankful we would be if we had a loved one serving in the military overseas or a family member who is a police officer, firefighter, or EMT who must work this day and be away from family and friends.
I like to think of Thanksgiving as a time that puts life into perspective. I look at my life on days like today, and I see how very fortunate I am. Some of us may rightly think of ourselves as quite blessed today. However, others may have lost something or someone precious that they took for granted. At some point, we all may regret our distractions, pettiness, and wasted opportunities to treasure moments with loved ones that will be with us no more.
An unknown author helps us remind us to be thankful for: "The teenager who is complaining about doing the dishes because that means they are at home and not on the streets. The taxes we pay because it means that we are employed. The clothes fit us a little too snugly because it means we have more than enough to eat. A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing because it means we have a home. The huge heating bill because it means we are warm."
When we sit around our Thanksgiving tables today, full of turkey and all the trimmings, perhaps we may sit for a moment, with a smile, or a tear, knowing that we are safe and content when so many others are not safe or comfortable.This Thanksgiving, may we become more deeply aware that God can awaken within us a new perspective on the lives we lead. May we thank Jesus for His teachings and God for all we are and are given. I am wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving.
Question of the Day: How will you aid those who have less than you?
Prayer: "Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day, we bow our hearts to You and pray. We give You thanks for all You have done, especially the gift of Jesus, Your Son. Let us always be aware that all gifts come from You, and may we serve Your heavenly will in everything we do. Amen."