give thanks Mass Soulful Sundays Sunday Thanksgiving


Today, I hope you remember last week’s message about comparing yourself to others.  If you don’t remember what Sunday Mornings…when you think THEY have it ALL together, was about, you can go visit it now.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  In life its easy to compare yourself to others, its human nature.  Our minds lead us to believe that everyone else has it better.  However, we learn after time that sometimes the grass is not greener on the other side.  The only person we should be focused on is ourselves.  If we are trying our hardest to walk on the right path, then we are doing great, even if it doesn’t always feel that way.

As promised, I will share a reading from today’s mass.  Read it and let the words marinate.

Jas 5:1-6                                              [Injustice of the Rich]

James deplores the injustice committed by the rich.  He speaks of their pending miseries, their wanton luxury, wages withheld from workers.  All these will stand as witness for greed.

A reading from the Letter of Saint James

Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.  Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire.  You have stored up treasure for the last days.  Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.  You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hears for the day of slaughter.  You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one; he offers you no resistance. 

–The word of the lord.

Thanks be to God.

On Sundays, most often, when I ask someone how they’re doing, they reply with “OK”.  Just OK? “Well its Sunday, the end of the weekend.”  If you saw their face, you might believe it was the end of the world.  Maybe you yourself feel this way?  Monday for most seems to be this dreaded day of starting over a dreaded cycle.  Why is that though? 

Last I checked Sunday was the official beginning of the week.  Go ahead check your calendar if you do not believe me.  The week does not start with Monday, its start with Sunday.  Today we are going to change the way we think.  We may not be one of the rich people mentioned in the reading above, but we are rich in many ways.  Yes, you read correctly.  WE ARE RICH IN MANY WAYS!

Let’s STOP using Sunday as a day to mourn the week to come.  Let us acknowledge the week starts with Sunday and use it as a day to set the mood for the rest of the week.  Let us take a second to be thankful for everything we have and are.  Today on My Pocketful Of Thoughts, Soulful Sundays presents a day of Thanksgiving.  You can even eat Turkey if you want.

Today I am Thankful for

  • another day of life
  • having the opportunity to share in the Tradition of the Mass
  • Sunday Dinners
  • the job I will go to tomorrow
  • the love of my life, he’s been my rock this past week
  • my mom, who still takes me into consideration at meal time
  • my dad who does what he has to, to provide for his family
  • my sister, who has a big heart and does anything she can for the ones she cares for
  • you, who took the time today to read this post…you are AWEsome!

I could go on and on, but you get the point.  If you find that you dread Sundays because of work the next day; remember that the job is currently paying your bills.  There are many many many people out there who do not have jobs and are not sure how they are going to eat today, never mind pay a bill.  You are very lucky.  Now go ahead, let me know what you are thankful for today.  Then keep track of all the things this week that you are grateful for so you can share them with us next week!

Until then,

16 replies on “Thanksgiving…”

i love the title of your blog and glad to be following now! and that’s so true about jobs. it’s so easy to forget about how much we benefit from work, when it seems like we’re laboring all the time. thanks for the encouragement 🙂

Hey Morgan! Glad you’re joining us on My Pocketful of Thoughts. I know a handful of people who have recently loss their jobs. It is not as easy as it was before to get a new job. Sometimes people are out of work for months, its very sad to see and experience. It makes going to work that much easier 🙂 Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts with us! Welcome!

I love this! And you are so right–I too usually hear far more moans and grans when Sunday comes than happiness and thankfulness of the blessing of another week. Not just Sunday, but every day should be a day of thanksgiving (just like the song says!) Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

Hmmmmm, Meradeth dear, why is your job keeping you from sleeping? Do you work overnight? Yes having a job is definitely something to be grateful for! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and I hope you get some sleep soon!

What an awesome post! Two approaches I use to keep myself positive and happy and also blogged about are: 1. stop the comparing mind; and 2. express gratitude. I especially like 4th thing you’re thankful for “the job I will go to tomorrow”. If you can be thankful for the job you have, you won’t feel dreadful for going to work on Monday.

absolutely! We need to be thankful for everything we have and not worry about what we do not, unless its an absolute necessity. I am constantly trying to remind myself that I do not need to compare myself to others, I do a good job most days but every now and then it does creep on me :/ Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us@

My favorite line: “Let’s STOP using Sunday as a day to mourn the week to come.” This is so true many people start getting anxious and upset thinking about the rest of the week, especially Mondays. And that just ruins their Sunday. Booo!

I have a journal of gratitude and for awhile I was good at writing at least three things everyday. Somewhere along the line I stopped doing it as frequently. This was a stellar reminder to get back in action.

Thanks for sharing such a thoughtful post!

Hey Chachana! It was a reminder to me to…the last date written in my gratitude journal was 2009 :/ Thanks for stopping and sharing your thoughts with us!

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