Deacon Greg Kandra reminds us to count our blessings and “Make this very day a kind of prayer”.
Where are the blessings for these and others who are feeling, in a particular way, burdened, afflicted, cursed?
The simple, indisputable fact is this: every breath is a blessing. Every sunrise. Every snowfall. “Bless the God of all,” Sirach exclaims, “who has done wondrous things on earth.” Incredibly, we are part of that wonder, part of God’s continuing creation in the world. And what a blessing to be able to say that!
The German mystic and philosopher, Meister Eckhert, once wrote: “If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is ‘thank you,’ that will suffice.”
That is why we are here: to pray those words, and to make them matter.
So taking a cue from Meister Eckhert, let’s make this something more than a holiday, more than an excuse to have a second slice of pie and take a long nap in front of the television.
Make this very day a kind of prayer. Beginning here, and now.
Read the good deacon’s homily here.