SYNOPSIS OF THANKSGIVING DAY HOMILY
Biblical examples of thanksgiving: (1) Today’s Gospel describes how one of the ten lepers Jesus healed, a Samaritan, returned to Jesus to express his gratitude while the nine Jewish lepers did not care to thank the healer. Jesus asks the pained question: Where are the others? The episode tells us that even God expects gratitude from us. (2) In 2 Kings 5: 1-9 Naaman the leper, the chief of the army of the Syrian king, returned to the prophet Elisha to express his thanks for the healing with a gift of 10 talents of silver, 6000 pieces of gold and six Egyptian raiments as gifts. When Elisha refused the gifts, Naaman asked for permission take home two sacks of the soil of
Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Oh, Heavenly Father,
We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That Thy gifts to us may be used for others.
and bless Your holy Name.
joy and their trust, for grandparents and grandchildren, for aunts and uncles.
for the freedom to worship You in peace.
Holy Gospel that reveals the righteousness of Christ as Your gift to us.