Lectionary blogging: Thanksgiving Day, USA

I don’t preach on Thanksgiving, but I do find the lectionary texts of the day quite interesting, especially the gospel reading.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

On the day Americans make it a point of pride to gorge ourselves on food, the church wishes us to contemplate Jesus’ teaching that tells us not to concern ourselves with food or clothing or housing or any of the blessing that we will all gives thanks for on Thursday.

Do not strive for these things, our Lord says. That is what the Gentiles do. Seek the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be provided.

We live in a culture of high anxiety. Our politics and economy appear at times to be based upon increasing those anxieties. On Thanksgiving, we are invited to cease striving so hard after the treasures that perish and seek instead the things that endure.



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