Readings for Today (These are the readings for Thanksgiving Day (USA)
You have probably heard the quote from Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” In a way, this is true. It’s true for a variety of reasons. When I think of the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded always at the meaning of the word Eucharist is thanksgiving. This it’s an important reminder for me, because it seems to me that in understanding this quote by Meister Eckhart, we need to remember the for Catholics, the primary action of Thanksgiving is the Eucharist.
This is not simply an awareness that we need to be grateful for what we have, as important as that is. It is an awareness, that the most important way we can give thanks to God, is in the celebration of the Eucharist. Why is this so? In order to understand this concept, it might be helpful to turn to St. Paul the apostle. In writing to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that when we consider the notion of the body of Christ, it can be interpreted in two ways. First of all, of course there is the person of Jesus Christ himself. This understanding of the body of Christ, reminds us of Jesus present in the Eucharist.
But, of course, there is Paul’s famous observation that the body of Christ can also refer to the people of God. Each one of us is a member of it. And so when we think of the action of Thanksgiving, our minds are naturally raised not only to the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, but also to the presence of those people only love and care about, part of this great august body we refer to as the church.