And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb, and fashions them according to his will! May he grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you. Sirach 50:22-23
As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Luke 17:15-18
Lord, we thank you for the goodness of our people and for the spirit of justice that fills this nation. We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the land and the challenge of the cities. We thank you for our work and our rest, for one another, and for our homes. We thank you, Lord: accept our thanksgiving on this day. We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The foreign leper makes an intentional choice. He and his companions experience an encounter with Jesus. Some go off on their own way. The lesson we learn from the foreign leper is that he returns to the Lord in thanksgiving. He recognizes that the encounter changes him and changes the way he should live out his life.
In addition to the normal readings for Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, the magisterium also provides a set of readings for the uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving. Those readings align with the Gospel from the closing Mass of the Men’s 103rd Cursillo in Arlington, VA.
The point of the Cursillo experience is that once we encounter Jesus on the mountaintop, we need to stay connected to Him and the mission He has for us in life. Even though it can be hard to stay so focused without the support of our friends and community, Cursillo gives us methods to stay focused and supported. We mark our continuing experience by choosing to intentionally incorporate piety, study and action in our daily lives.
Thanksgiving is a day that is meant to change how we sleepwalk through out lives without considering the help we get from others. In some ways, joined with Christmas and Easter, it is an ideal day to align with our Cursillo experience. The Daily Examen is a practice that can strengthen our Fourth Day and help us emulate the Samaritan. The five steps of this practice include:
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.
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