The readings for Thanksgiving Day (Sirach 50:22-24, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 and Luke 17:11-19) all emphasize the importance of being thankful to God for our being, for others and for His blessings, graces and mercies upon us. Every year we celebrate Thanksgiving and we prepare ourselves physically speaking of this holiday by making sure all we need for the day is ready. We pay attention to the physical celebration that is the food, drinks, setups, family members coming, our looks etc, but we forget the spiritual part of it and even the One who made it possible for us to be thankful and the things that we should be thankful for. Brothers and sisters in Christ, what is the difference between your Thanksgiving celebration last year and the one prior to that or the one of this year? Who are you thankful to? What are you thankful for? How have you shown gratitude to others as someone who is thankful for something or someone?As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, do not forget to be thankful to God for all He does in your life - all his blessings, graces and mercies upon you, for the gift of life, for family, for friends, for a place to call home, a place of worship, for the food we eat, for the peace we do have in our country etc. Let us show our gratitude to God as well by reaching out to those in need through our prayers, through talents and through our resources.