Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM
In the context of our stewardship these past few weekends, I wish to extend an invitation to our Thanksgiving celebration this coming Thursday, an example of table blessing prayer. We are a thankful people because we are a eucharistic people: the Greek word eukharistia, after all, means “thanksgiving.” And so gathered together to celebrate the Eucharist, we are naturally predisposed to give thanks. We give thanks to the Father, who created humankind in the likeness of God. We give thanks to the Son, who redeemed us from our sin through his great act of self-sacrifice. We give thanks to the Holy Spirit, who inspires and animates our lives. We give thanks for all we have been given in this world—our families, friends, and neighbors; all that is inside of us; all that is part of our world outside—as we look forward to the fulfillment of the promise of eternal life with the Lord. May our sharing of this eucharistic meal remind us of our abiding spirit of thankfulness and lead us to give thanks to all those we meet.