Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for October 13, 2013
Thanksgiving is coming up soon! It is November 28 this year, just over a month away. How are your preparations coming along? For Canadians Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October, Monday of this week, so their preparations should be just about completed. For practicing Jews Thanksgiving is not a day, but a week-long festival called Sukkot (pronounced Sue Coat, also known as the Festival of Tabernacles) whose date moves much like Easter does for Christians, and is held sometime between September and October. It ended on September 25 this year, so they have already cleaned up and finished for the year. Today’s gospel reminds us that Thanksgiving should not be a holiday or festival that lasts just a day or a week. Today’s gospel calls us to regular Thanksgiving.