Every so often, the tires on our cars need realignment, or an adjusting of the angles of the tires, which affects how they make contact with the road. Without such realignment, we run the risk of experiencing uneven tread wear, the vehicle pulling to the left or right, the steering wheel being off-center when driving straight, or steering wheel vibration. In other words, the car does not operate properly.
Giving thanks is a form of realignment for our very being. When we give thanks, we acknowledge a Giver beyond ourselves upon whom we depend. To be grateful is to dispel any notion of being self-sustaining. When we operate as though we are self-sufficient, we run the risk of veering off-course. Remember, self-sufficiency was the sin that Adam and Eve fell prey to; it’s our original sin. When we give thanks, we reorient ourselves in orbit around God, who is the true center of our lives.
So, let’s use this Thanksgiving as an opportunity to get realigned! Let’s be grateful for all of the people in our lives upon whom we depend and who are so generous to us. And, most of all, let’s be grateful to our good and gracious God, who sustains us at every moment of our lives.
This Thanksgiving, I am grateful to all of you who participate in the catechetical ministry and who share your gifts so generously with others so that those you teach may know the abundant goodness of our God!
May you be filled with abundant blessings this Thanksgiving!