Thanksgiving Thoughts

Dear Parishioners,

Jesus Christ has many appellations. He is a son, a brother, a friend, a Messiah, a Lord, a Son of Man, and many others. He is also a King. It's this title or feature of Jesus we celebrate today, The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This feast is a reminder to us that Jesus is in control of everything. Men, women, plants, animals, the stars, and planets are all under Christ's guidance. The section from Paul's letter to the Colossians in our second reading today emphasizes this point (cf. Col 1:12-20). Christ commands and everything obeys. Or, at least it should. And we should especially. Because Jesus is a good King. He knows what's best for us and if we follow his commands we will never be let down. I believe that's why we sing in our psalm today, “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord!” (Ps 122:1).

It's fitting that often within this final week of Ordinary Time (next Sunday is Advent) falls Thanksgiving. While we're musing on Christ the King, we're also giving thanks for the blessings of our life and of our nation. I don't think Jesus would want it any other way. It's good to be grateful. It's good to spend time with family and friends. It's good to eat good food. Christ our King is happy we take a day to do all these things and be filled with a spirit of gratitude. I know Abraham Lincoln created this holiday in 1863, but I have a hunch Christ had a hand in bringing this about. Remember, “all things were created through him” (Col 1:16).

Tomorrow, Monday November 21st, I will celebrate a Grandparents Mass for our school. All grandparents of our school children are invited to attend both a reception and tour of the school beforehand, followed by the Mass at 10:30am in the church. The following statement is obvious and doesn't need to be written, but I'll do it anyways: grandparents are so special and so appreciated! I think about the influence my own grandparents had on me (they were at my installation, by the way). I wouldn't be a priest without them. They played a special role in my life. Please, grandparents, know the impact you have on your grandchildren and on our entire St. Juliana community. It will be an honor to celebrate this Mass for you!

Parent-Teacher conferences for our school also occur Monday and Tuesday night of this week. Best of luck during these conferences. I do teach 7th grade religion once a week and I'll save all the parents of 7th graders a conference: your children are all great people and great students! Thank you for sending them to our school.

We will have our Thanksgiving Day Mass at 8:30am in the Church. What a perfect way to start your holiday. Family, food, and football are the three ‘F›s of this great American feast, why not add Faith? Either way, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and may God bless America.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. James

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