Our readings this week teach us that those who use their gifts and talents in the service of the Lord and one another (Mt 25:14-30), especially the poor and the needy (Proverbs 31), and blessed indeed (Psalm 128). They shall be known as children of the light, and will be ready for the Lord’s return (1 Thess 5:1-6).
This week extend to all of you my wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! We must always approach the Lord from the stance of thanksgiving, that is gratitude. A grateful heart is a happy heart. When we behold the wonders of the Lord, His blessings to us, His guiding hand, His salvation, all we can do is bow in humility and say "thank you God!" In fact the word "Eucharist" means "thanksgiving."
As author G.K. Chesterton Wrote "When We Were children We were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?" (Stockings were nothing more than socks in Chesterton's day).
In our world where so many take the attitude that everything is owed to them, a world that mistakes privileges for rights, it can be easy to turn from faith to mere expectation. It is indeed a gift to realize that "God owes us precisely nothing. Everything we have, including our very existence, is a sheer gift. We are in absolutely no position ever to demand anything of God"
Bishop Robert Barron.
All We can do is echo the Words of Psalm 116:12 "What return can make to the Lord, for the good he has done for me?"
God bless you all, and Happy Thanksgiving,
Father Robert Letona