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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Preparing for THANKSGIVING

With Thanksgiving only one week away there is something we need to think about. No, not how much food the human body can consume in one day.(Guilty) No, not how many football games we can keep watch in the course of one day.(Well, not as Guilty) No, not how many balloons and floats we can see by bouncing back and forth between the network stations (Guilty). It is something far more important. Never let a day escape you without "giving thanks" to the One who died for our sinfulness. Ask the Lord to make us more temperant, something that isn't always easy for us to achieve. He is the reason for all the good things we enjoy and He wants us to have these gifts, just use them wisely.
It is not about the food, So with all the "Martha's" getting prepared for the holiday feast let us not forget what Jesus told her
From Luke Chapter 10
"38 Now it came to pass as they went, that He entered into a certain town: and a certain woman named Martha, received Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sitting also at the Lord's feet, heard His word. 40 But Martha was busy about much serving. Who stood and said: Lord, hast thou no care that my sister hath left me alone to serve? speak to her therefore, that she help me.
41 And the Lord answering, said to her: Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her. "
Some other readings for us to contemplate as we Thank God

These passages and Psalms were taken from the Douay-Rheims Bible

Exodus 12:14
1 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2 This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it shall be the first in the months of the year. 3 Speak ye to the whole assembly of the children of Israel, and say to them: On the tenth day of this month let every man take a lamb by their families and houses. 4 But if the number be less than may suffice to eat the lamb, he shall take unto him his neighbour that joineth to his house, according to the number of souls which may be enough to eat the lamb. 5 And it shall be a lamb without blemish, a male, of one year: according to which rite also you shall take a kid. [ Jesus is the Lamb of God, our Passover meal ]6 And you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month: and the whole multitude of the children of Israel shall sacrifice it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood thereof, and put it upon both the side posts, and on the upper door posts of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh that night roasted at the fire, and unleavened bread with wild lettuce. 9 You shall not eat thereof any thing raw, nor boiled in water, but only roasted at the fire: you shall eat the head with the feet and entrails thereof. 10 Neither shall there remain any thing of it until morning. If there be any thing left, you shall burn it with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: you shall gird your reins, and you shall have shoes on your feet, holding staves in your hands, and you shall eat in haste: for it is the Phase (that is the Passage) of the Lord. 12 And I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and will kill every firstborn in the land of Egypt both man and beast: and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord.13 And the blood shall be unto you for a sign in the houses where you shall be: and I shall see the blood, and shall pass over you: and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I shall strike the land of Egypt. [Unless you drink my blood Jn 6:53]14 And this day shall be for a memorial to you: and you shall keep it a feast to the Lord in your generations with an everlasting observance. 15 Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread: in the first day there shall be no leaven in your houses: whosoever shall eat any thing leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall perish out of Israel. 16 The first day shall be holy and solemn, and the seventh day shall be kept with the like solemnity: you shall do no work in them, except those things that belong to eating. 17 And you shall observe the feast of the unleavened bread: for in this same day I will bring forth your army out of the land of Egypt, and you shall keep this day in your generations by a perpetual observance. Note: [ The perpetual sacrifice is the offering of the Holy Mass, where Jesus is our Thanksgiving Sacrifice ]

Psalm 102
Benedic, anima. Thanksgiving to God for his mercies.
1 For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless His Holy Name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all He hath done for thee. 3 Who forgiveth all thy iniquities: who healeth all thy diseases. 4 Who reedemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with mercy and compassion. 5 Who satisfieth thy desire with good things: thy youth shall be renewed like the eagle's.

Psalm 104
Confitemini Domino. A thanksgiving to God for His benefits to His people Israel. Alleluia.
1 Alleluia. Give glory to the Lord, and call upon His name: declare His deeds among the Gentiles. 2 Sing to Him, yea sing praises to him: relate all His wondrous works. 3 Glory ye in His Holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. 4 Seek ye the Lord, and be strengthened: seek His face evermore. 5 Remember His marvellous works which He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth
I hope we all enjoy our family and our holiday meal together.Remember to say a prayer of thanks giving before your meal. The one my family uses is: Bless O Lord, and these thy gifts ,which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. We always remember our loved ones who used to be among us at our table.
The History behind the Thanksgiving Feast and Celebration
The Mayflower Compact
"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620."
Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents


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