Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks and Sharing our Blessings
October invites us to two important Ordinary Time occasions. On Oct. 13 we Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving for the harvest. On Oct. 17 the International community invites us to share our blessings on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We need to hold both dates in our hearts.
Oh God, I thank you for the wonder of my being.—Psalm 139
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect just how extraordinary is Ordinary Time in the liturgy! We have eyes to see the glories of the autumn trees, skin to feel the brisk fall wind; we can literally "taste and see the goodness of the Lord" (Psalm 34 v.8) in pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes. Around the dinner table we magnify our joy with others, which ripples out and comes back at the communion at the table of the Lord. Wider still, we remember those who do not share our abundance and find ways to eradicate some portion of the blight of poverty. Social justice, peace, and care of Earth are intrinsic values in our work as Sisters.
- Am I mindful at meals of savouring the goodness of the Lord? (Perhaps that's why we say grace before we eat!)
- Do I listen to the promptings of my heart to share with others, to pray for the poor and to speak out against what traps them in poverty?
"If the only prayer we ever said was 'thanks', that would be enough." —Meister Eckhart
Gwen Smith CSJ