Thanksgiving inspires all but the hardest heart to pause and consider the things for which he is the most thankful. I am no different. Like everyone else in the United States, I make a mental and sometimes an actual list of things for which I am thankful, especially this year with the Covid Virus effecting our world.
My family is near the top of the list as is my health and my fellow priests and friends. Also at the top of my list is our parish family. Another thing very near the top of my list is this country I love. Especially this year, let our prayers continue for peace and justice in our city and in our world, and prayers for our president to be. However, the first thing on the list is Jesus Christ.
Jesus is everything. Everything else on my list is a gift from him.
A Psalm for giving thanks.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is He that made us, and we are his
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues
throughout all generations.
On Thursday November 26, 2020 we will celebrate a special Thanksgiving Day liturgy at 9 AM. Hopefully many can attend. If you’re unable to attend, our Thanksgiving Mass will also be streamed; a link to this Mass can be found at our parish website. God bless you for all your generosity. Thank you!
Msgr. John Shamleffer
Stewardship Reflection ~ November 22, 2020
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
“…whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40
Most of us are generous when it’s convenient for us. We are generous when we have the time or the money. But, generosity is the opposite of that. It means giving of one’s time, money, compassion, forgiveness or mercy when it’s not convenient; when it’s not on our schedule, but on the other person’s schedule.
We are St. Gabriel!