November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day in the US

Saint for the day: Andrew Dung Lac (1820-1862)

 Scripture Readings for Thanksgiving:

Sirach 50:22-24 -Revelation 18: 1-21…19:1-3,9  Psalm 145 Psalm 100 – Luke 17:11-19 Luke 21:20-28

Scriptures for Liturgies outside the USA

Revelations 18:1 … 9  –  Ps. 110  –  Luke 21:20-28

“Sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts, always thanking God the Father for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Entrance Antiphon for the Thanksgiving Day Mass.)

 In the Holy Gospel from the Mass of Thanksgiving (Luke 17:11-19) we get a reprisal of the story of the ten lepers as another example of “thanksgiving prayer” being the way to draw God’s healing, life-giving presence to fulfillment. Note, that in this passage the lepers aren’t immediately healed but told by Jesus to go and show themselves to the priests. In another re-occurring theme they are healed “on the way.” But when only one out of ten returns to give thanks there’s a hint that the other nine didn’t experience the fullness of God’s healing. The underwriting theme: “Thanksgiving” is the key to deliverance from whatever bad is happening in ones life. Maybe, on this Thanksgiving Day all of us need to look back at all the ways that we have been “blessed” (here we can put in the “word” HEAlED by God) from whatever was ailing us. Then, make a deliberate turn to at least pause to give thanks to God for all He has done to keep you going. Short but sweet on this day of “National Thanksgiving!” Thank you, Jesus. Amen!

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