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Year of Faith: We Are Thankful for You, O Jesus

We deepen our relationship with Christ by spending time with Scripture and with key documents of our Church.

Call to Prayer: During this Year of Faith, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI asks our openness to recommitment to Jesus. We deepen our relationship with Christ by spending time with Scripture and with key documents of our Church. As we reflect on sections of Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we explore our life in Christ and in the Holy Spirit and are led to respond to divine love through our actions on behalf of others, especially those in need. 

Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, today we come to you with open hearts to re-encounter your son Jesus. Embolden us to proclaim your Gospel in words and especially through our actions on behalf of those who suffer. Equip us to carry your word on our hearts. Clothe us with generosity and love for your poor, our favored brothers and sisters. Infuse us with joy so that we may celebrate your love for us and for all of creation. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Mt 5:3-12 The Sermon on the Mount

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

[Pause for a few minutes in silence. Slowly re-read the passage and focus on Jesus' words.]

Reflection: [Individually or in small groups]

Jesus describes the fundamental attitudes and behaviors required to live a full and happy life. These sayings, known as the Beatitudes, are taught by Jesus as the foundations for an authentic Christian lifestyle and the attainment of ultimate happiness. Living by the Beatitudes also enhances our moral life.

Can you identify how someone you know inspires you by the way he or she lives a life full of compassion?

Which one of the Beatitudes challenges you the most? Why?

Closing prayer: In this season of Thanksgiving, You, Jesus, are for whom we are thankful.

For being the main protagonist, teacher, and example in our story of salvation, we thank you.

For showing us compassion in healing the lonely, the sick, the poor and the outcast, we thank you.

For your intimate connection to us, through the Holy Spirit, who kindles our hearts for You, the Father, and all of creation, we are thankful. Amen.

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