24 Nov Life-saving Thanksgiving! (Lk 17:15-16,19) by Pat Castle
…realizing he had been healed, [he] returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. Stand up and go; your faith has saved you. ~ Lk 17:15-16, 19
Reflection: Thanks be to God for our LIFE Runners Team! The Samaritan’s faith led him to go out of his way to thank our Lord…and Jesus gave him eternal life. Gratitude saves lives. Looking someone in the eye and saying thank you brings them dignity to realize their eternal worth, preventing darkness like suicide and abortion. When daughter Paige was 8 yrs old, her teacher asked what she was most thankful for. Paige said, “Jesus.” That is the most important lesson to teach our children because this brings them eternal life. At Mass after the bells rang signifying the consecration of the bread (Eucharist), I heard a pre-school girl say, “what happened?” Jesus happened! Eucharist literally means “thanksgiving”, and the Eucharist brings us eternal life (John 6:51-69). Before the big meal today, let’s first gather together to thank Jesus for the moment He healed us and gave us eternal life. Then, look your loved ones in the eye and say thank you!
Challenge: Go out of your way to give thanks, could save your life and others.
Pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion.
* “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward
* “To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come. It has seemed to me fit and proper that the gracious gifts of the Most High God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens…to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” ~ President Abraham Lincoln (1863)
All In Christ for Pro-Life,
* Pat Castle is the coach and founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He teaches high school chemistry, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and Confirmation classes. Pat and Angi have two daughters and live in Jefferson City, MO.