My dear Parishioners,
“What Thanks O Lord can I/We render thee, for all the gifts Thou hast showered on me/us …. Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp, with a ten-stringed lute give Him thanks…. Thanks be to God.”
Thanksgiving is an act that brings out our attitude which is necessary for every person. Because without THANKSGIVING We cannot exist, towards God Almighty and towards our fellow beings.
First of all, God is so good to us. He gives us many blessings. It is our duty and obligation to Thank God for His loving kindness, mercy and blessings. Unfortunately as humans we tend to take all gifts for granted and forget to praise and thank the Lord. Today on Thanksgiving Sunday, as a family let us spend some time recalling how good and wonderful God is to each one of us.
Deuteronomy chapter 26: 1 – 4 highlights “Thanksgiving for the harvest”, because Yahweh had given a land of heritage to the Israelites and they had settled in it. So it was fitting for the chosen people to bring the first fruits and various products of the soil which they harvested from the land that the Lord had given, putting them in a basket and offer them to the priest .The priest shall receive a basket from them and set it in front of the Altar of the Lord their God. Thus the Israelites make a thanksgiving to the Almighty, the giver of all good things.
Therefore as we bring our first fruits of corn from our Church and have a meal together as family, we are grateful and thankful to God for all the blessings and share a meal of love, joy, unity and fraternity. As a family let us list the graces that we have received from God which we would like to thank Him. For example, the gift of life, good health, employment, saving us during the pandemic, our friends, neighbor’s, community leaders, animators, priests, church, Blessed Sacrament and all who pray for us.
Finally as we look eagerly for opening of the Church to attend Mass, pray , receive the Eucharist and meet people, let us join together and sing, “O Give thanks to the Lord for He is good ….. yes eternal is His love.”
Fr Nelson R. Saldanha
Date : 2nd October 2021