Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
November 24th, 2009

Elizabeth Furlong

School of Nursing
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R. (59b).  Give glory and eternal praise to him.
            “Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.”

For readers in the United States, it is two days before Thanksgiving, a cultural holiday and time in our country for great thanksgiving, for families re-gathering, for watching football games, for family rituals, and, for remembering the needy.  However, regardless of what part of the globe you are in as you read this, most cultures, over time and space, have some type of harvest thanksgiving ritual that works best with their seasonal calendar.  North Americans celebrate this week.  Thus, it seems most appropriate to emphasize the above Responsorial Psalm of today.

The theme of change, non-constancy, and lack of immanence is inherent in both the Old Testament and the New Testament Readings.  The ‘costly stones’ that we put in our places of worship or in our lives will not be permanent.  The time set aside for Thanksgiving is an ideal time to reflect on the ‘costly stones’ in our lives. 

What do we specifically give thanks for?  How do we specifically give glory and praise to God?  Which ‘costly stones’ in our worship and personal lives do we need to re-evaluate?

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