A man entered a flower shop, looked around, and gathered together a few of the cut flowers that were on display. Then he went up to the counter to pay for them. He said to the owner, “These are my wife’s favorites.” The owner said, “Oh, I’m sorry. Is your wife very ill?” “Ill?” the man responded. “Not at all, my wife is as healthy as you are.” “Oh, I apologize,” said the owner, “but to tell the truth, most husbands don’t buy flowers for their wives unless they are ill or dead!”
How often do we take for granted the blessings that God has given us? How seldom do we fully appreciate what our spouse, our family, or our friends mean to us. How rarely do we consider what a real gift a job or our abilities are for us? If any of these gifts were taken away by death or disability, we would come to realize what a blessing they are. Maybe then we would buy flowers!
This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ. God wants us to remember what a blessing it is to be loved and forgiven. God wants us to remember that nothing we ever have done or will do, can stop that love from being poured out on us. It is crucial for us to understand that God wants us to give thanks, not for God’s benefit, but for ours.
Thomas Merton reminded us that unless we are grateful, we do not know who we are nor do we understand that all we have is a gift from the God who loves us. Eucharist means “thanksgiving”. As you come forward on this great feast to share in Christ’s Body and Blood, let it be a real act of thanksgiving. It is said that the happiest people in the world are thankful people. If you want more joy in your life, be more thankful; receive this great gift, the Eucharist.