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dc.contributor.authorDilly, Barbaraen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 943 OTen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 944 NTen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 945 Pen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 947 Gen_US
dc.description.abstract|Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. is a celebration of a good country, like the one we read about in Deuteronomy 8. Most of us will sit down to an abundant feast and give thanks before we eat our fill. But few of us will say an after meal prayer. While that tradition exists in Christian communities, it seems to have been lost by mainstream Christians. Perhaps because of my age and also because I grew up in a religiously conservative rural community in Iowa, my religious instruction included after meal prayers. While my family always prayed before meals, we did not, however, practice prayer after meals. Conversations with my fellow Catholics reveal that none of them ever practiced prayer after meals either. Yet, a Google search finds after meal prayers to be part of Catholic culture and there is even an on-going on-line discussion about why this practice should be part of our daily lives. I would like to further that discussion in this reflection of the Scriptures on this Thanksgiving Day.|First of all, it is Biblical. It says in Deuteronomy 8 that we are to bless the Lord our God for the good country he has given us after we have eaten our fill, lest we forget that it is God who gives us the power to acquire all of our blessings and not our own power. Psalms 113 exhorts us to praise the name of the Lord, for it is the Lord who has the power to raise the needy from the dust and seats the poor with princes. So on Thanksgiving Day, we remember that it is the Lord who sets the feast before us ... (even though most of also will rightly give thanks for the women and men who worked to make it possible). The focus should not be, however, on how lavish is the feast, but that we owe everything to God. I Timothy reminds us that to pursue pride through our wealth is a foolish trap. Relying on what we have accomplished rather than on the goodness of God is still the sin of the present age. Jesus repeats this message in Luke 12. A bountiful harvest can make us rich. And riches can make us greedy when we think that the treasures we have stored up for ourselves are ours. Such thinking brings us many pains, we read in I Timothy. Even though God gives us many gifts for our enjoyment, we must remember that it all belongs to God.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherThanksgiving Day (USA)en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, November 22, 2012: Thanksgiving Day (U.S.A.).en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitAnthropology and Sociologyen_US
dc.program.unitSociology, Anthropology, and Social Worken_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorDilly, Barbara J.en_US Timeen_US 33en_US
dc.subject.local11 Kings 8:55-61en_US
dc.subject.local1Sirach 50:22-24en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 63:7-9en_US
dc.subject.local1Zephania 3:14-15en_US
dc.subject.local21 Chronicles 29:10bc, 11, 12en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 138:1-2a, 2bc-3, 4-5en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11en_US
dc.subject.local31 Corinthians 1:3-9en_US
dc.subject.local3Ephesians 1:3-14en_US
dc.subject.local3Colossians 3:12-17en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 7:7-11en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 11:25-30en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 5:18-20en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 1:39-55en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 10:17-24en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 17:11-19en_US
dc.subject.local4John 15:9-17en_US
dc.subject.local4John 16:20-22en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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