It seems weird that someone could have trouble writing their blog – I mean, it’s just their thoughts on paper (or pixels). But this week’s piece has had me starting over more than a CD with a scratch in it. And, if I’m completely honest, it’s because Thanksgiving means one thing to me – family. It’s when the Iwinski gang comes together all across the country to give thanks.
But I know that not everyone has a perfect family, or even a totally functioning family. In some families, Thanksgiving and the holidays are just a reminder of past hurts or wounds. And bringing those up is the last thing I want to do with a blog. So I’m kind of stuck – how do I explain what Thanksgiving means to me without seeming insensitive?
When it really comes down to it, Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate what we have. For some, that’s family; for others, it might be simply a roof over their head or food on the table.
Hmm. So wait. What do we all have in common to be thankful for as Catholics? What’s something that’s universal to us as a Church? What’s a good example of ‘thanks giving?’ Well, God’s given us a pretty good place to start – the Eucharist. Wanna know why? Eucharist actually means thanks giving. Because no matter what’s different about our T-Day meals – from eating turkey sandwiches for two to a feast for 20 – the one food we can all be grateful for is the Bread of Heaven. All those feelings of “holiday cheer” start in the heart of Christ, whether we know it or not.
So, this Turkey day, let’s all take a moment between the parades, the pigskin, and the pies to thank God for a food that’s truly life changing.