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dc.contributor.authorTinley, Susanen_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.abstractThe initial celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States is often thought to have occurred in 1641 in what is the state of Maine. Many historians say that was not the initial celebration but traditionally we picture pilgrims and Native Americans sharing in the celebration of Thanksgiving. It was three hundred years before the day was officially made a national holiday to be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.||Whatever the history, I find it wonderfully remarkable that this day of thanks has been retained throughout our history. Who does anyone have to give thanks to other than God for all of the riches of this country?! This holiday is a reflection of a belief in God in a country that often fights any recognition of his existence. Yes, the day has been commercialized by many. There are almost non-stop football games and it is the eve of the great shopping frenzy for the Christmas holidays. But it is also a day when families gather and share in their gratitude for God's blessings. It is a day when many prepare meals for the poor or homeless in their community. Overall, it seems that our country may have retained the meaning of this day better than most other holidays.|It is a day when St John's Church on the Creighton campus is filled with friends and alumni to start their day with a beautiful liturgy of thanks. During the Mass the beautiful reading from Sirach reminds us of the "wondrous things" God has done including our creation in our mother's womb. Let us give him thanks and praise not just for our existence, but for the intimate knowledge he has of each of us since he fashioned each of us with our unique talents according to his will! .The reading from Corinthians starts with Paul's gratitude for those in his community. It prompts us to be mindful of the gifts of friendship, support, and love that we share with family and friends. This community that surrounds us provides stability and strength in difficult times and joins us in laughter and joy in the good times. As we gather with family and friends on this day of thanksgiving, let us thank our God for the gifts of the people He has put in our lives!| The story from Luke's gospel provides a very clear message that God wants us to recognize his curative love. We have not been cleansed of leprosy and few will ever experience a miraculous cure of a physical illness. However, we are all cleansed of our sinfulness not just once, but over and over again. God keeps giving us His love in spite of ourselves. Yet we can easily take that love for granted just as the nine lepers did.|May this Thanksgiving be a reminder that every day, not just the 4th Thursday of November, is a day for thanking God for all that He has created and for his endless love for us!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, 2010: Thanksgiving Day (U.S.A.).en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Nursingen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Nursingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorTinley, Susan T.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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