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dc.contributor.authorCherney, Mikeen_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.abstractThank you is not an easy thing to say. I think back to the trick-or-treaters at Halloween. For the first hour or two, nearly every parent needed to prompt his or her child with "What do you say?" Only at a time well into the evening was "Thank you" an automatic response. Expectations of when it should be used vary widely. Last weekend, my teenage sons were at home alone as my wife and I were out of town for a wedding. When we returned, the oldest son pointed out that they didn't have a party while we were gone, and he thought that expressing our gratitude would be appropriate. My response was to give my son a list of things he had not accomplished. I asked him if he also expected thanks for those things. On reflection, I began to recognize the relevance of thanks for acts of omission. I thought about the number of times I offered prayers of thanksgiving for not being hurt in an accident. My son may not have been so far off once we start to consider everything as a gift. |Today's readings are expressions of hope and optimism. They make that assumption that everything is a gift. I recognize that I do not always think that way. It is easy to know that if you expect nothing, you are never disappointed. I think today's readings take us much farther. They bring us to God out of a sense of awe and wonder.|In the reading from Sirach, we feel part of God's master plan. The spirit of today's holiday is found in the thanks given to a wondrous God with recognition of the internal peace and joy that life brings.|The psalmist extols a great and glorious God in a literary style whose structure is less appreciated in translation. |Paul gives spiritual thanksgiving in the second reading.|In the Gospel, we are promised what we need. All we must do is ask. I am taken back to the "magic" words of my childhood _ please and thank you. I look at how much of my prayer is directed along these lines. Sometimes I am embarrassed by this. In today's Gospel I am reassured. |Where does Thanksgiving take me this year? I admit to reading the ads and planning for the attack on the early bird specials tomorrow. What matters about this holiday? What strikes me as being really important? It's not the football. (This is a dangerous thing to put in writing in Nebraska. Well, maybe not this year.) What matters to me is the family. We lead such busy lives and it is a time for everyone to be at the same place at the same time. It is a time to remember all the things that are gifts _ The geese on the lake, another year without a traffic accident, boys who are doing well at school, ...|My prayer today is to recognize the gifts in my life. My prayer is that I remain aware of what really matters. I pray that I remember to give thanks to my God and to those who are close to me. I know that I often take them for granted. Thank you for the sunset. Thank you for doing the dishes. Thank you for folding the laundry. Thank you for not having the party last weekend.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 25, 2004: 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.contributor.cuauthorCherney, Michael G.en_US Timeen_US 34en_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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