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Week of November 24th – Giving Thanks

The Second Reading For Sunday, November 24th begins, “Let us give thanks to the Father who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.” (Colossians 1:12).  The reading then goes on to describe the Christ, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

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We have just celebrated the great feast of Thanksgiving.  For many of us we gathered around bountiful tables surrounded by family and friends.  For many others perhaps it was a more difficult time of year whether because of illness, loss, memories . . . It may be fair to guess that most of us have experienced both joy and sorrow over the years of Thanksgiving gatherings. And we are reminded that in all things, in all time, Christ holds us together.  For this truth, we ultimately give thanks.

This Thanksgiving the Sisters, Redeemer Ministry Corps Volunteers, Associates, and friends all helped prepare the main meal – one baked the pies, one helped peel potatoes, some helped prepare the stuffing, some made the green bean casserole . . . And for many who joined us at Thanksgiving Mass and around the table this was their only opportunity to celebrate this day with others – to gather in community.  There was much joy.

Yet even during this time, we are aware of the many individuals throughout our ministries, in our families, or among our friends who are unable to gather in celebration because of illness or homelessness.  Others who are going through transitions with employment or moving that may make this time of year more stressful.

We are reminded to turn to God in awareness of how little we are in control, how much we need help, how much we can take for granted.  And we experience gratitude for a God who loves us in our vulnerability, who is with us on the journey, with us in our joy and sorrow.

May you pause in gratitude today, not just  for the beautiful moments and the gifts but for the struggles that have brought you closer to the God who holds all things together.

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