- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: November 25 2020 November 25 2020
On the eve of our National Day of Thanksgiving, the people of God rejoice and give thanks for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God’s almighty care. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
The Church is the vessel through which the Word of God spreads Law and Gospel throughout the world. This divine Word proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health and wholeness. It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Of the ten cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus, one whose true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
We also are sent from the Divine Service bolstered in our faith to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
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