Thanksgiving Day

Intention: On this day of national Thanksgiving, may we increase within ourselves a spirit of gratitude for God’s saving grace, seeing through eyes of faith our shortcomings and struggles as challenges to change our hearts and to transform our world.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.  As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.  They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”  And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  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?”  Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

From the Fifteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Look upon this, then, as a considerable reward that God gives you, even in this world, to see that religion and piety are increased among the faithful, especially among the working class and the poor, by means of the establishment of the schools that have been placed by God under your guidance.

Thank God every day through Jesus Christ, our Lord, that he has been pleased to establish this benefit and to give this support to the Church. Ask him fervently too that he will be pleased to make your Institute grow and produce good day by day, so that, as Saint Paul says, the hearts of the faithful may be strengthened in holiness and in justice.


Eternal Father, we have so much for which to be thankful to you, especially all of the times when you have walked with us and stayed with us in our times of need.  Yet, so often we are too caught up in ourselves to stop and give you thanks.  Teach us to be grateful for your presence at work in us, transforming us, renewing us, saving us. May we be channels of that presence to others, making space in this world for your healing and justice.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.