Full Of Thankfulness!

Over the long weekend, we travelled up to Ardness Nova Scotia, about a half hour from Antigonish.  My family has a property there; it is actually where my father grew up.  On the property there is a 100 year old house high up on a hill, the deck on the back of the house looks over the Northumberland Straight all the way over to PEI in the distance.

When I was standing on the  deck this past weekend, even though there was a lot of work to do, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of calm, peacefulness, and an overwhelming sense of thankfulness.  Just by the nature of God’s wonder before me, I couldn’t help but take a moment to be thankful and to give Jesus thanks for all the wonderful aspects of my life.

In the Gospel reading today, Jesus bares his soul to the fFather, and gives thanks for the unique relationship that exists between the Father and the Son. In the next section of the Gospel, Jesus invites us to a place of retreat and safety; He wants us to go to him when we are weary and in need of peace and comfort. So many of us long for relief from
sadness and pain, and hope to be consoled and be refreshed.  We also see that Jesus’ mission is to reveal the Father to us so we understand God as a loving Father.

 Our mission in turn can be to reveal Jesus to others through community.  I recently read a wonderful quote by Jean Vanier which illustrates this point. “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”

 When we unite our mission to Jesus and to his mission, we can truly transform the world one person at a time, and Christ’s love can be felt in all aspects of our lives and through society.

As Jesus says “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

God bless you all
Deacon Dan MacDonald

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