A simple, “Thank you,” can be a powerful prayer. Deacon Tim Breen, SJ, reflects on the importance of gratitude. Based on the readings for Sunday, October 23, 2022.
Even a simple “thank you” is a profound prayer.
Hi, I’m Deacon Tim Breen, and this is my One Minute Homily.
Thanksgiving is still a month away, but it’s never a bad time to reflect on gratitude. Just saying “thank you” to God is a fundamental part of the Christian life. This is what we do every time we’re in Mass, celebrating Eucharist, which means “thanksgiving.” Prayers of thanksgiving appear throughout the Bible, including our readings today.
The Pharisee in the Gospel is so close to getting it right. He expresses gratitude, but it’s only focused on himself. His prayer misses out on the relationship with God. While the Pharisee focuses on his own actions, the tax collector focuses on God’s action, God’s mercy.
There’s lots for us to be thankful for. Let’s do our best to not get in our own way. Let’s thank God not for what we do, but for what God has done, and will do. That thanksgiving is a powerful prayer.