Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Daily Mass Homily: Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 (School Mass)

           We heard of four creatures in our first reading today: a lion, ox, human and eagle.  These creatures first appear in Scripture in the book of Ezekiel and are descriptions of four angels.  The early Church linked these angelic figures with the four evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  In my own life I have a devotion to these evangelists which is why you see the symbols for the Gospel writers on my chasuble and chalice.  Here at St. John’s we see two places where there is an eagle—in the blue stained glass window and the ambo—that represent our patron, who soared the heights of theology and spirituality.
            The Gospels are so important to our faith that we read from one of these four accounts every time we go to Mass.  Whether it is a daily Mass or highest feast, we meditate on one of these.
            We also hear from a Psalm at each Mass.  These are crucial to our faith because Jesus Himself prayed these verses.
            In both the Gospels and Psalms we hear a common theme which we celebrate in our country tomorrow: thanksgiving.  Actually, the word from which thanksgiving comes is Eucharist.  Thus, the Mass is our highest form of thanksgiving we can offer to God.
            This Thanksgiving we should say “thank you” to our parents, family and friends for all the gifts they have given us.  We should also continue to say “thank you” to God for His infinite graces given to us, especially at Mass. 
As we take a moment of silence before offering our intercessions, please think of something you are thankful for and offer that to the Lord.

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