It is the day after Thanksgiving, for many a day to rest, a time to savor the conversations and interactions enjoyed yesterday with family and friends. This coming Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King – Jesus, the Lord of time and history, whose life, death, and resurrection mark who we are as baptized Christian persons. No doubt yesterday brought opportunities to speak with family and good friends about all the adventures of these past weeks and months.

These recent experiences mark the ways we have used our time and talents in the service of others, various situations in which we have brought comfort and support, joy and hope into the lives of family and friends. Whether you thought about it or not, these conversations do in fact “bless and praise the name of God,” as today’s verses from the Book of Chronicles suggest.

Take some time this weekend to ponder God’s particular gifts and graces in your personal life. Note how relationships have been strengthened. Take note of how a personal struggle has been resolved. Bless God for the strength of family and the gift of new friends. It is the grace and growth of these past months that we bring to our God this Thanksgiving weekend. May Jesus Christ–whose life, death, and resurrection give us so much hope–strengthen my heart and bless all I accomplish for the greater glory of God!

—The Jesuit prayer team from the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI.


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