We will soon celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday set aside to commemorate the first Thanksgiving shared by the Plymouth Colonists and Native Americans in 1621. It is also a day for us to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. But sometimes it can be difficult to remember the purpose of Thanksgiving, and why we’re even thankful at all. It can be especially difficult in our modern, consumer-driven, politically-divided world. As Catholics, every day should be a day of thanksgiving. Everything we have – our friends and family, the homes we live in, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, all of our possessions, our schools and jobs, literally everything good in our lives – is a gift from God. And at the heart of our Catholic Faith, is the greatest sign of gratitude, the Eucharist (which means “Thanksgiving” in Greek.) By His free sacrifice on the Cross, and the gift of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist, Jesus gave back to God all that Father had given to Him. As we reflect on these truths, let us take a moment this Thanksgiving to be particularly thankful to God for His blessings in our lives and His loving care.
In this lesson, your students will learn about:
▸How Jesus and the Scriptures teach us to be thankful to God
▸Why we should be thankful to God every day
▸Specific reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving