On Thanksgiving Day this year, I hope that our nation will celebrate it as its name and purpose intend: to thank a generous and gracious God for his endless benefits to us, especially in this country of ours. Remember: the principal figure of Thanksgiving should be the generous, provident God and not a baked turkey!
As we sit down to our special meals, let us not do so irreverently or without being aware of what Thanksgiving is about. Let us be sure that while celebrating a holiday and a wonderful tradition, we don’t overlook God’s goodness to us and don’t forget to thank God for his constant blessings which make our life possible and so enjoyable. Let us be deeply grateful to God for all that we should be thankful for, and bear in mind the words of Our Divine Lord: if you love me, keep my commandments. We can paraphrase this saying: if you are grateful for my gifts, use them according to my will.
Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.