Father Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022
Luke 17”11-19 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112422-thanksgiving.cfm
Please take a moment to read and pray over the gospel.
For what are you thankful?
We are truly blessed to have a day when we can return thanks to God for all his many blessings. We have so much to be thankful for: our faith, our country, our freedom, our families, the food we share today around our tables, and the food we share with the poor who have no table of their own.
When I sat down with Jesus this morning on this Thanksgiving Day, the 1st blessing there ought into my mind was the Eucharist. The word Eucharist means Thanksgiving. For 2000 years, we have been faithful to celebrating holy Mass on Thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings. But more important is how Jesus has been steadfast in coming to us in the form of bread and wine.
His humility strikes me as I hold Jesus in the consecration at Mass. He humbles himself, so He can be in our body, soul, mind, and heart as we live our days and weeks. He never wants us to do anything without Him.
I challenge myself and you to consider: Is there a more incredible blessing than Jesus giving us Himself in Holy Communion? He said, “I came that you may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10). I am most grateful for every opportunity I have to receive Jesus worthily in Holy Communion.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
IGNITE THE FIRE.
God bless you, my friends.
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.