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Thanksgiving Day 2017

Today’s Mass Readings

Thanksgiving Day 2017

Luke 17:11-19.

Thanksgiving day.
We stop today to give God thanks
for so many blessings.

I’m sure that many in America are just grateful
that they don’t have to go to work, except for the cooks.

Boy, are we grateful for them? Yes?


Certainly, we thank the Lord for all the good food,
the turkeys who gave a lot,
and that we can get together with loved ones.

We want to thank the Lord too for the blessing of life,
the blessing of eternal life,
the life we have with the Lord in Baptism,
the blessing of the forgiveness of sins,
and most of all the blessing for the greatest gift of all,
the thanksgiving sacrifice of the Eucharist.


We’ve chosen to come today
to show our thanks in the Eucharist,
returning like the Samaritan
who gave thanks to Jesus
for healing him from leprosy.

The person who has a grateful heart –
and who expresses it sincerely –
builds strong friendships.

That applies not only on a human level
but also to our communication with God.


Saying “thank you” to God
reminds us that he is the source
of every good we have in our life.

The more we thank him,
the more we live in his good bounty,
which never runs out.

It’s the supernatural life of God in us.

Thanking the Lord for any blessing
opens our souls to receive his fullness.


Finally my friends,
we are blessed to set aside a day
as a nation to thank God.

It is a beautiful holiday.

As we know, many of our lawmakers
keep pushing God out of society.

We pray that the people who write the laws
that govern us will return to God
and give thanks to him,
just as the leper did in the gospel.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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