Eucharist: Our Thanksgiving
By Dutch K.
In just a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving, a holiday in which we remember and thank God for what matters most to us. As Catholics, it is important to recognize our most important thanksgiving in the Eucharist, which conveniently means thanksgiving in Greek. It is in the Eucharist that we both celebrate and encounter the greatest act of thanksgiving in Christ’s death and resurrection. We know that Christ’s Passion is the greatest act of thanksgiving because there is nothing we can offer God the Father but ourselves. Everything belongs to Him, therefore, we are only left with the freedom to give him what he truly desires, and we can only do this through the Son’s perfect self-giving. It is in the Eucharist that we enter into Christ’s perfect thanksgiving to God the Father.
We now know that the Eucharist is our great thanksgiving, but did you know that it is our glorious hope as well? It is common knowledge for us Christians that Christ died on the cross around 30 AD. For Catholics, if it isn’t already, it should be common knowledge that Christ’s sacrifice is contemporary in the Eucharist here and now. Lastly, Christ’s Paschal Mystery is hoped for until the end of times, so that the Church, and each and every one of her members might be perfected in the Savior’s love, to live with Him forever and ever.
When we hope for something, it is usually only for something in the future. For an example: I’m excited to sit down with my family and eat a nice savory turkey on Thanksgiving day. Yet, our greatest hope is in Christ Jesus, the crucified and risen one. We hope for someone and something that has already occurred in history! Yet, we are still left with the freedom to choose to allow Christ into our lives, to allow Christ to be present.
Hope is present! It is not a far off wonderland out of our reach, but something that has come, is here, and will come to be. The only question that matters now is: will Christ be your future?
Happy Thanksgiving and God bless!
Dutch is a student at OSU studying Philosophy. He has been involved with Newman for several years, and has a great interest in theology. Every Thursday night, Dutch leads Newman’s Thursday Theology Night at 6:15pm in John Henry.