Two Sides of the Same Coin

(November 25, 2020)

Bottom line: "Thanksgiving and faith are two sides of the same coin. I encourage you to follow these steps of prayer: Thank. Ask. Repent. Praise. TARP ."

Happy Thanksgiving! St. Paul says, "I give thanks to my God always on your account.. Continuamente agradezco a mi Dios..." I feel that gratitude especially this year. We had a wonderful celebration of my 50th anniversary - that you made possible. It was a blessing to our parish, our local community and to people from other parts of the archdiocese. I also feel a deep gratitude for your support and prayers for my aneurysm repair surgery.

Sirach tells us to "bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth...Bendigan al Senor, Dios de Israel, porque ha hecho maravillas en toda la tierra." I am grateful to be alive in the year 2021. The aneurysm surgery is a small example of the benefits we have received from centuries of civilization: not just the Romans, Greeks and Jews, but also Chinese, Arabs, Africans, Native American civilizations and more. You and I have so much to be grateful for living at this moment.

At the same time we humans have not only achieved great things, we have also done horrible things to each other. Our sins are like the leprosy we hear about in the Gospel. The disease attack the body at the extremes: feet, fingers and nose. It removes the sense of pain so a rodent or insect can gnaw away without the leper knowing. The rotting flesh eventually consumes the entire body. Leprosy represents the power of sin.

In the Gospel ten lepers cry out, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us! Jesus, maestro, ten compasion de nosotros." Jesus tells them to show themselves to the priests. On the way, they are healed. One turns back, falls at Jesus' feet and thanks him. Jesus says to him "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you...Levantate y vete. Tu fe te ha salvado."

Thanksgiving and faith are two sides of the same coin. I encourage you to follow these steps of prayer: Thank. Ask. Repent. Praise. TARP. In Spanish: APRA: Agradecer, Pedir, aRrepntir, Alabar. Like the Samaritan man you may hear these words: "Levantate y vete. Tu fe te ha salvado...Stand up and go; your faith has saved you." Amen.


From Archives (Thanksgiving Day Homilies):

Without Gratitude
The Fundamental Freedom - Freedom of Religion
Great Dividing Line
The Power of Gratitude
Thanksgiving and Salvation
Howard Hughes vs. Dostoevsky
The Radical Virtue
Thanksgiving Day 1988

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Seapadre Homilies: Cycle A, Cycle B, Cycle C

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Other Priests' Homilies, Well Worth Listening:
Fr. Kurt Nagel
Fr. Frank Schuster
Fr. Brad Hagelin
Fr. Jim Northrop
Fr. Michael White
Fr Pat Freitag (and deacons of St. Monica)
Bishop Robert Barron

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