GRATITUDE IN ITS DEEPEST SENSE means to live life as a gift to be received gratefully. But gratitude as the gospel speaks about it embraces all of life: the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, the holy and the not so holy. Is it truly possible to embrace with gratitude all of our life and not just the good things that we like to remember?
Jesus calls us to gratitude. He call us to recognize that gladness and sadness are never separate, that joy and sorrow really belong together, and that mourning and dancing are part of the same movement. That is why Jesus calls us to be grateful for every moment that we have lived and to claim our unique journey as God’s way to mold our hearts to greater conformity with God’s own. The cross is the main symbol of our faith, and it invites us to find hope where we see pain and to reaffirm the resurrection where we see death. The call to be grateful is a call to trust that every moment of our life can be claimed s the way of the cross that leads us to new life.
- Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab
A Spirituality of Living
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Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.
Hebrews 7:32-24, NRSV
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