Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time – Thanksgiving Day
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Day

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Daniel 6:12-28

Psalm (Daniel 3)

Luke 21:20-28

Today we celebrate our national holiday known as Thanksgiving.   On October 3, 1863, in the middle of our nations Civil War, President Abraham proclaimed that our country will, “Set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

May we all strive to remind ourselves of God’s blessing, wherever we find them, however they come to us, and to give thanks for them, every day, and in every moment of our lives.

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us about the end of the Jewish nation, He tells us not to worry.  And when He tells us about the end of the world, He tells us that we are to stand erect and raise our heads because our redemption is at hand.  Why is this so?  I believe there are three reasons:

The first is due to our faithfulness to God until the end.  In the end, there is only one glory that lasts forever.  All human honors will pass.  All human glories will pass.  The accolades will all wither.  The only glory that lasts forever is our fidelity to Jesus Christ. 

Second, is because we are grateful to God.  Do you remember the ten lepers who Jesus to be cleansed?  Only one of them came back to Jesus to give Him thanks.  The other nine might have been guilty of ingratitude and gross neglect of the Savior.  Gratitude is a deep and intense feeling of understanding that all we possess are gifts and blessings from God.  Just think of the gift of our very lives.  This simple thought should inspire us to consider deeply and decide firmly what we can do for God and for our fellow human beings in the life we have been given.

 Third, is that we are always hopeful.  The Son of Man coming in glory and power was an image of hope for the early Christians and for us.  The Lord has promised us that he would return and reward our fidelity and love.  We would rise from the dead and He will be faithful to His promise.  He promised He would come again and bring the reward, peace and victory for which we all yearn.    

Faithfulness, gratitude and hope are the keys for us to focus on.  As Jesus describes the signs of the Son of Man coming in great power and glory we should take the advise of “standing erect an raising our heads because our redemptions is at hand.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Question of the Day:  How do you live your life in the hope of Jesus’ return?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I carry You deep in my heart.  Be with me until the end of my days.



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