A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
November 19, 2015
Father, all-powerful, your
gifts of love are countless and
your goodness infinite; as we
come before you on
with gratitude for your kindness, open our hearts to have concern for every man, woman, and child, so that we may share your gifts in loving service.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This is the “Collect”, one of the opening prayers read by the priest on Thanksgiving Day. Remember that the Collect is the prayer which sets the theme for the Liturgy each time we gather for Mass. It is meant to assist us in focusing on that for which we are gathered. On Thanksgiving Day we gather to offer sincere thanks to God for his abundant mercy and kindness.
It has often been said that we can never “out give God”; for whatever we offer, we receive even more in return. As good stewards we do just that, we offer what we have in the way of time, talent and treasure to others in response for how God has loved us. We do not have the capacity to love more than God loves, but we show our gratitude and love to God by sharing our blessings with others.
As we gather with family and/or friends on Thanksgiving, let us take time to verbalize what we are thankful for in our lives. You might include in your prayer before meals a moment for each person to state what they are most thankful for on this very day. If you have the opportunity, make a special effort to engage your young people; children, teens, young adults, inviting them to share with their families what they are most thankful for in their lives. Help them to see that everything we have is a gift from God. It may spark a conversation that will assist all ages in speaking their faith. Then let us challenge one another to show
God how grateful we are by serving His people. Called by our baptism to be disciples of Christ, let us show God’s love to every person.
And as we gather around tables filled with abundance, let us not forget to pray for those who do not have the same. Let our prayer be heard for people who remain hungry and in need. We are changed when we take time to be thankful and perhaps the change in our heart will contribute to changing our world so that all of God’s people have what they need.