“Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.”
In the gospel this weekend, we hear a parable Jesus gives about a man who, before going on a journey, entrusts his possessions to his servants. The first two responded and did things with the talents, while the last servant buried the talent—he buried the gift that was offered him.
As we celebrate Eucharistic Devotions weekend, we have to stop for a moment and think about the greatest possession God has entrusted to us: His Son, Jesus Christ! At every Eucharist, God gives us Jesus in the Eucharist and charges us with the same gospel message—do something! Don’t bury what you have been given. Embrace Him and offer Him to the world! In the Eucharist the Church both receives the gift of Jesus Christ and gives grateful thanks to God for such a blessing. “This thanksgiving is the only proper response, for through this gift of Himself in the celebration of the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine Christ gives us the gift of eternal life” (usccb.org/eucharist).
What a great reminder for us as we approach Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is the proper response after receiving the greatest gift in the world. As you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends, keep the Eucharist at the core of your thanksgiving. When you feel like burying all that God has given you, GIVE! GIVE THANKS! Shout out: Thank You, Jesus!
In light of this, remember to come to the Thanksgiving Mass at 9:30 a.m. on November 23rd. It has always been a particularly beautiful Mass when our community comes together in a special way to give thanks and also give to those in need. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will be present as we restock our food pantry with food for the needy because of your goodness. Thank you for all that you do.
Thank You, Jesus,
P.S. There will be no sacrament of Reconciliation offered from 5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Mass on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy your family!