From a Creighton Student's Perspective
University's Online Ministries
"The Mass is ended. Let us go forth to love and
serve the Lord…"
"Thanks be to God!"
The congregation ends every Mass with "Thanks be to God!"
What are we thanking God for? Everything we have is a gift from
God. Every talent, every experience with others, every moment we
live is a gift from God. We have great reason to give thanks.
Frequently, when I listen to the tone of the final "Thanks
be to God", I chuckle at what the tone indicates. Maybe it
is because the sermon was long, maybe it was because they have too
much to do, maybe it is because they are tired, but many voices
seem to be expressing the utmost gratitude that this Mass is now
ended, and they can go forth to do whatever else they please. I
am sure I have expressed this sentiment as well.
We are all human and have the tendency to forget all the gifts we
have been given, or to become so involved in enjoying these gifts
that we overlook where they came from, and forget to stop and thank
God. At times, we are like the nine lepers who rejoiced that they
had been healed, and did not pause to thank Jesus. When we express
gratitude, we are like the one leper who returned to God.
We are only free to go forth to enjoy and do whatever we want because
of God. On this often busy Thanksgiving Day, as we savor our blessings,
it is important that we pause around the celebrations and thank
God for all He has given us.
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