Thanksgiving reflection from the Gospel of Luke the Evangelist

  The whole Gospel of Luke is full of hope. He shares the testimony and experiences that he witnessed being a disciple of Christ. Let us now go into his writing, on why we should be thankful to Almighty God.

The Birth of Jesus Foretold Luke 1:26-38

You read in his gospel on how the Angel Gabriel delivers the message to a young Jewish girl. Mary, who is Full of Grace and chosen by God the Father, said yes to her Creator, thus making her the Mother of God. Not just Mother of the physical body of Jesus, but to The Son of God who is God and Man.  Let us give Thanks oh Lord, you have chosen a worthy being to be the Mother of our Lord. May we be an example and say “Yes” to your will and no to the works of the devil.

The Praises of Mary Luke 1:46-55

Mary, the Mother of God didn’t brag to her cousin Elizabeth that she was the best pick for God. No, she humbly proclaims that she praises a God who is all Powerful, all Merciful, and all Knowing. She is only his hand maid and God who is mighty has done a great thing. This is the hope of the Jewish people, the hope of Israel that our God will send His Son.  Let us also Thank God for not forgetting His love for us. May we always keep faith and hope in our God who loves us so much.

The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem Luke 2:7

Joseph, who is from the House of David, went into Bethlehem to register his wife and himself for the census. The Son of God came into this world in a humble manner. He didn’t come in a cloud of thunder or in a shining glory, but to be born in a simple manger with the animals. Let us give Thanks to our God, who loves us so much, that he sent His Son Jesus into the world, that we may have hope for our salvation!

Jesus overcoming the temptation of the devil Luke 4:1-12

Jesus after fasting for forty days, now faces the adversary of this world. Jesus, whose name is so powerful, defeated the evil one with these sacred words…” It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone” “You shall worship the Lord your God, and only him shall you serve”, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God”. Not only did Jesus restore the blessing that the Jewish people lost during their journey in the desert with Moses, but he showed us as followers, that scripture, along with good works and the sacraments, he has given us the tools to fight back this evil and strive to bring others to heaven. Almighty God, you overcame the tempter and his evil ways. May your mercy give us courage and your holy words strengthen in our souls to keep fighting for your Kingdom and help us on the road to salvation!

Jesus delivers a man from an evil spirit Luke 4:31-37

Jesus, Son of the Living God, rebukes the evil spirit saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” Jesus who is the second person in the Most Holy Trinity was sent down to destroy the power of the devil and bring us into his kingdom. We Thank you Lord God Almighty, you gave the Catholic Church power and authority over the enemy when you commissioned Peter to be the Rock on which your church was to be built on. Your name is Holy Lord. Every knee will bend, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Jesus feeds the five thousand Luke 9:10-17

The disciples told Jesus that they had no food only five loaves and two fish. He instructed the disciples to have them sit in groups of fifty. He looked up to heaven and blessed the food. We Thank you Lord God, for only a merciful God, will have compassion on his people. May you not only feed our bodies, but also feel our emptiness in our hearts that we desire for you!

Jesus sends the seventy out Luke 10:1-12

Jesus sent these men, two by two out with a command “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” We Thank you Lord, that we have a Holy, Apostolic Church. May you send out the church to evangelize and bring hungry souls for Christ.

Jesus teaches us how to Pray Luke 11:1-4

One of his disciples wanted to know how to pray. Jesus taught the “Father, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come. Give is each day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation”. Jesus, King of the universe, we thank you for teaching us this most important prayer. Who but a perfect God can show us how to reach him. May we always forgive those who have offended us as we ask your forgiveness in our daily lives.

Jesus institutes the Eucharist Luke 22:14-20

Jesus knowing that this time on earth was coming to an end, spent this last Passover day with his disciples. He took bread and wine and blessed it. We Thank you, oh merciful Master, you gave us your Body and Blood to eat. May our Holy Priests who celebrate this in the Mass, help to bring all of us into your Kingdom.

Jesus tells the Good Thief he is going to paradise Luke 23:40-43

“And he said, Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power. And he said to him, Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” Jesus we thank you for the mercy that you shown to his criminal. He acknowledges his sins and ask you for forgiveness. You didn’t turn him away but embraced him in your bosom. May you help us along with your Mother Mary during our final hour of our death. May everyone know that no sin is unforgivable and that we can only get to heaven by your graces and mercy.

Jesus dies on the Cross Luke 23:46

“Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last” Son of the Living God, we thank you for offering yourself as the unblemished lamb to God the Father. We thank you for opening the gates of heaven for us, taking up our sins and giving us the opportunity to say yes to you! May the whole world know that you are a loving and all caring God.

The Resurrection of Jesus Luke 24:1-12

They found the stone rolled away and two men stood there. The two men said to them “He is not here, but has risen” God, you have shown your great power. Not only by taking away our sins, but also crushing the power of death. May we who are believers of hope in the resurrection of the dead and rising to new life. May you forgive our sins and find us worthy to enter your Kingdom.

   God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. We thank you for choosing men to bring your holy words to the world. We thank you for choosing Luke as an evangelist. May his example guide us to be better Christians and help lead us to Jesus. May the Living Word of God bring fulfillment into our being. St. Luke pray for us to Jesus for the graces we need to fight temptation and lead us to heaven. May your Gospel bring hope to the world and continue to bring more souls to Christ until the end of ages! Amen!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Aaron JP

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