Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 28, A.D. 2002

Sirach 50:22-24
Psalm 100:2-5
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Luke 17:11-19

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today the people of the United States pause in thanksgiving. It is good that we do, and yet, shouldn't every day and, indeed, every moment be one of thanksgiving? It really isn't enough to have just one special day or even fleeting moments of thankfulness throughout the day; not when each and every good thing we have is a gift from our gratuitous and loving God.

How then do we go about making certain that we are not forgetful; that we remember our solemn obligation to be truly grateful? It is, I believe, a question that haunted the saints who spent their lives in praise of God and in service to others.

Let us take an inventory and consider our own personal giftedness and how we use our gifts. Is it primarily for our own pleasure, or do we use them (with God's grace) for the good and salvation of others?

One of our Carmelite saints said it so well: "We have nothing, that in fact, we have not received." May we remember these simple words so that all our activity might become a prayer of thanksgiving, a prayer of praise, a prayer of gratitude.

Give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good,
for His kindness endures forever.
(Psalm 106:1)

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (drn3rd@hotmail.com)


(Thanksgiving Day - USA)

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