Last week I was thinking about the word “Thanksgiving” and it led me to consider all the things that I am thankful for. I am thankful for so many things: my parents and grandparents, my wife, children, grandchildren, and my sister. I am also thankful for being a deacon at our parish and all the dear friends I have made along the way. I am most thankful to God for extending these blessings to me and my family.
How should we respond to all the blessings that we are thankful for? The answer is found in the second part of the word “thanksgiving” and that is “giving”. We all have so much to give: our love, forgiveness, and the tremendous potential to bring someone to Jesus Christ.
We are a parish that most certainly has shown our thankfulness to God by how generously we have given our time, talent, and treasure in this most difficult of years. Our pastor, staff, and parishioners have never lost sight of how good God is and how blessed we are. God gave Noah a rainbow as a sign of hope and I believe that a rainbow is on the horizon for all of us. May we continue to give all praise and adoration to Jesus Christ the Redeemer King.
Deacon John Bartos, Jr.