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dc.contributor.authorHeaney, Roberten_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"It is right to give him thanks . . ." Introduction to Preface at Mass.|Thanksgiving came early for me this year. I was in Toronto on Canada's Thanksgiving Day (second Monday in October) and attended Mass at St. Michael's Cathedral there. The congregation was encouraged to be grateful for all our blessings and to pray for those "less fortunate" than us. By "blessings" the preacher presumably meant such traditional good things as a rich harvest, good health, loving families, job security, and so forth. And indeed, we should be thankful to God for all God's gifts.|But I found myself wondering about the Tsunami victims of last Christmastime, the earthquake victims in south central Asia that very weekend, our own Katrina victims, not to mention those persons around me in church that day who may be living with cancer, or in abusive relationships, or are unemployed and desperate. These persons and the many like them - perhaps the majority of those with whom we share this planet - don't seem to share the "blessings" that are the ostensible occasion of our Thanksgiving celebrations. Had not God blessed them? Is Thanksgiving a victory celebration for the winners of a cosmic lottery? What is gratitude to God all about?|In my struggle to make sense of this, there was one thing of which I could be absolutely certain: God blesses everyone. God's love holds us in existence every minute of every day. As we say in the introduction to the Eucharistic prayer at Mass, "It is right to give Him thanks". Most Prefaces amplify that by adding affirmation ". . . always and everywhere . . ." In every circumstance, no matter how good or bad it may seem. Thanks for the greatest of all possible gifts, the gift of God Himself, the gift of Jesus.|The Liturgy, with its customary genius, skirts the secular symbols of the season entirely - the cornucopias and pumpkins, the sheaves of wheat and bunches of grapes - which some people do have, but many do not. The preface for Thanksgiving Day goes directly to thanks for God's promise that "all would be blessed, all could be free", a promise, the words go on to remind us, fulfilled in Jesus, who took on himself all our misfortunes, our shames, our deaths, and by conquering them has destroyed their power over us. It is for this that we rightly give thanks at every Eucharist. For Christians everywhere, and particularly those who celebrate Eucharist, every day is Thanksgiving Day. Do I perhaps too easily lose sight of that?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 24, 2005: Thanksgiving Day (U.S.A.).en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitJohn A. Creighton University Chairen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHeaney, Robert P.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 Aen_US

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