The Scripture readings for today fairly shout feelings of gratitude for the opportunity to reflect on all that God has done and is doing. We are also reminded to give thanks for everything, since we are not always attuned to the deeper “goings on” in our lives. Let me clarify:
From the Book of Sirach: May God grant you joy of heart, and may peace abide among you.
From Psalm 145: Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord, and let your faithful ones bless you.
From 1 Corinthians: God is faithful.
From the Gospel of Luke: Ten lepers were cleansed. Only one returned to give thanks.
These readings, taken together, seem to show a pattern for the day. The holiday of Thanksgiving, a traditionally American event, often wakes us in the morning with joy or peace in our hearts and the expectation of connecting somehow with those we love – even if not in person. (Sirach)
We are reminded, sometimes in a religious service, sometimes as we sit around a table feast praying grace, that the beauty of creation around us and within us is due to God’s generosity and creativity. (Ps. 145)
If we take the time as we share stories on this day and other days to look at how our lives have unfolded, we may recognize hidden blessings, opportunities for growth, sometimes hidden in even the painful moments of our lives. (1 Corinthians)
Lastly, we are reminded to verbalize often and live always our thanks for all that we have been given. (Luke 17).
May your day be filled with the joy and peace, love and blessings from Sister Lois, Barbara and the growing community that is The Sophia Center for Spirituality.