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dc.contributor.authorMahowald, Paulen_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.abstractHAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY! This greeting is common all over the USA today as families gather to celebrate the holiday. This special day commemorates the pre-colonial event when the pilgrims landed safely on the shores of the New World. They offered a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the arrival in a land where they would have freedom to worship and live without a government suppressing them.||This is one of our national holidays that is easily made into a prayer of thanksgiving for all Americans now who celebrate the freedoms that we have. We offer our prayer of thanksgiving to God for the many blessings we continue to receive.|The liturgists have suggested we use four of a choice of nine texts for our readings today. Therefore different missals and different parishes may use a different combination than the four chosen here.|The reading from Deuteronomy has ideas and phrases that truly fit our national holiday. We reflect on God's bounty and the abundance of gifts bestowed on us for which we give thanks to God. Psalm 138 is an ancient song of praise and thanksgiving to God for his kindness and blessings given to us. The letter of St. Paul to the Colossians continue the same theme emphasizing that our love for others is what brings us peace of mind and heart.|Finally the gospel story from St. Luke recalls the time Jesus cured ten lepers of their disease. But only one, the despised Samaritan, returned to the Lord to thank him for his cure. We reflect on our own taking for granted the many gifts we have received from God and have come to expect them to be entitlements.|As we consider these readings and as we gather as families to celebrate together God's goodness to us, we are reminded by the gospel reading that we must always thank God for his blessings.|This prayer of thanksgiving to God is made more effective when we go out of our way, out of our own comfort zone, to help the poor and the many who suffer rejection. This attitude as stated in St. Paul's letter energizes us to deal with others with compassion, kindness, gentleness, patience ... And even more importantly, we are encouraged to forgive others. Then when all this is done with love, then we can honestly give thanks to God on this holiday which has also become for us a holy day.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 26, 2009: Thanksgiving Day (U.S.A.).en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSt. John's Parishen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMahowald, Paul A.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 Ien_US

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