11/19 Weekly Reflection
Nov 21, 2018
We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.
May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.
Our holiday of Thanksgiving seems to come with a mixed bag of thoughts and emotions. While we know it is a time to give Thanks for all God has done for us, we too often let it be the start of a busiest time of the year for us as well. We get caught up in the early pleads for us to shop early and get the best for less. Black Friday comes earlier every year. We need to shop earlier, spend more, schedule time for all the celebrations, decorations and parties.
Sometimes we are more thankful that the season is over than when it has begun. Let’s be different this year. Let’s prepare for Advent by giving Thanks for everything God has given us. Let’s share from our surplus, rather than spend from our credit cards. Let’s remember that the real season starts after the feast of Christ the King of the Universe and the entire season that follows is dedicated to God who was conceived in a young girl and born in the humblest of conditions.
Let us humble ourselves as He humbled Himself and know that He brings peace not chaos. Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks. Don’t let it be a day that is the starting gun for the race to Christmas. Let it be a day to prepare for the weeks to come, as we remember a tiny child in a stable, bringing us the gift of salvation. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
-Deacon Arthur Mendez