Today is Thanksgiving day in Canada. Despite the current pandemic, economic and political situation, we still have a lot to thank God for. The First Reading ends with And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Every single moment in our lives is an opportunity to thank the Lord. For Catholics, our faith is centered on the Eucharist, which is the True Body and Blood of Jesus and is also the Greek word for Thanksgiving. We thank God, that whatever our situation and condition today, he is still present and there, waiting for us. Jesus said in the Gospel today: Ask, and it will be given you, search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. These are commands Jesus tells us to do: Ask, search, knock. And he promises: Everyone who asks received, and everyone who searches finds, and for every who knocks, the door will be opened. There are no exceptions to these commands. Jesus did not say only Christians or Catholics will be given when they ask. Jesus said everyone!
While some may take this as Jesus meaning material things, and God will provide for our needs, when we return to him and call on him, we must remember, the most valuable “thing” in life, is Jesus Christ himself. In him, we find joy. In him, we find peace. In him we find life. So when we ask for Jesus, we will receive him. When we search for him, we will find him. When we knock the door to his kingdom will open. This is why it is important to return to Jesus because this promise will be fulfilled. But if we reject him, then these promises do not mean anything to us because when we reject Jesus, we will never ask. When we reject Jesus, we will never search for him. When we reject Jesus, we will never knock.
This Thanksgiving day is an opportunity to return to God and thank him for his blessings. While yes, people may think it is through their own strength they have in abundance, we need to remember what God said through Moses in Deuteronomy 6:17-18 Lest thou should say in your heart: My own might, and the strength of my own hand have achieved all these things for me. But remember the Lord your God, that he has given you strength, that he might fulfill his covenant, concerning what he swore to your fathers, as this present day shows. God is the source of our strength, so whatever we have comes from him.
Psalm 107:1 tells us: give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever. God loves us and he gives us everything we need when we ask. Do not be afraid to ask because his love endures forever.
Lord, teach me to praise you, to thank you for all I have. Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end, Amen.