Fr. Dave's Notes - What is Thanksgiving all about?
My family always spent Thanksgiving Day with my Uncle's family in Chicago. That's when I got to see my one Grandfather and my cousins. It was always tasty meal. I think we even said grace beforehand. Then we came back home. It was a good family gathering. I don't remember us ever reflecting much on the reason for the day or its history (except for something about the Pilgrims and Indians). Very American,
I know better these days, and that's a good thing. But now my question is, what would it take for me (or you or anybody and everybody) to be more consciously alert to the many daily blessings we enjoy? Why do we humans take so many things for granted, or worse, feel we are entitled to them, while not connecting these blessings of life to the Author of life, our loving and generous God?
The fact is that we humans are essentially "receivers" of all things and the wealthiest of us is very poor in the end. Whatever gift we might have, it was offered to us by Another.
What our Thanksgiving Holiday can remind us of, I think, is to be not only grateful for what we enjoy around our family's table on Thursday, but to acknowledge from whence and from Whom it ultimately comes. We do have much to be grateful for and we ought to count the ways each day.
As Meister Eckhart puts it so well, "If the only prayer you say is 'Thank you,' it is enough. I think I will make this a more frequent prayer of mine.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!