Thanksgiving - The Homily

In today’s Scripture Readings for Thanksgiving, Sirach mentions four items that God bestows upon those who offer thanksgiving:

  1. Joy of the heart
  2. Peace among the people with whom you share a relationship
  3. Gifts to those from Israel (Israel meaning “those who have struggled or ‘wrestled with’ God.” Nobody I know at St. Monica parish …. yeah, right)
  4. Deliverance from your struggles with evil and sin.


The Native American, Squanto, told the Pilgrims from Plymouth to place a fish in the ground along with the seeds when they planted to add nutrients to the soil so that the fruit and vegetable plants would grow better. Initially this advice must have seen rather strange to the European settlers but Squanto, based on his experience, knew what was needed by the people with whom he had developed a relationship.

Is this not usual when we consider our own relationship with God? The gifts that we receive might not necessarily be gifts that we would expect, or even ask for. But, for God in His wisdom, He bestows them upon us because He knows that they are the gifts that we need.

And the only requirement to receive such gifts - is to offer God thanks.




2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ralph Chieffo says:

    Did you Squanto was captured by Dutch traders and sold in Europe with 20 others. Spanish priests saved him and sent him back to Massachusetts just before Pilgrim’s landed. Google his name for the mastery of Hod’s providence for the pilgrims. A blessed thanksgiving each day in the Eucharist. Fr ralph.

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Fr. Charles Zlock says:

      I heard that info. He wasxsubsequently semt to Calabria where, with his experience of fishing the Grand Banks, he invented fried calamari

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s