A Blessed Thanksgiving to our American followers! In celebration of this day of gratitude, please reflect with us on these words of thanksgiving preached by Saint John Paul II:
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God!
These words we take from the very heart of the Eucharistic liturgy. Eucharist means thanksgiving. Today, as we meet around this altar, our first desire is to give thanks. …In this way we wish to express what is the most characteristic element of the Eucharistic liturgy.
Our sacrifice and our prayer in union with the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ - in the sacramental identification with him - is above all a great act of thanksgiving by the Church.
...We thank God for his existence: for the fact that he is God, for his Godhead, for his omnipotence and holiness, for his truth and love, for his eternal plan for the salvation of man and the world.
We thank the Father for the Son and the Holy Spirit. We thank the Son for the Father. We thank the Holy Spirit because through the love of the Father and the Son he is the uncreated Gift: the source of all the gifts of created grace.
The Apostle Paul writes: “This is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, from whom every family, whether spiritual or natural, takes its name: Out of his infinite glory may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong” (Eph. 3:14-16).
Man looks into his own heart, into “the hidden self,” and he offers up thanksgiving to the very mystery of the Godhead. For he, man, has been created “in the image and likeness of God” (Gen. 1:26), and he is now called for this reason to give particular thanksgiving. We give thanks to God for the fact that he is God in whom is found the eternal Model of our human essence. We thank him for the Godhead, for the inscrutable mystery of the Trinity, for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.