(Day 9 of Novena Prayers to All Saints)
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
According to Aretha Grant; “Giving God thanks when I was diagnosed with breast cancer was one of the hardest things in my life. But it was also one of the things I needed to do most. Giving God thanks helped take my mind off my fear, my pain, my pity party. Giving thanks to the Lord strengthened me, comforted me, and helped me fight through the cancer treatments.”
St. Paul simply says very directly: No exceptions, no excuses, nothing is outside this parameter—in everything, give thanks. No matter the situation, we are to find a reason to thank God, because this is the will of God. Ephesians 5:4 says, “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather [the] giving of thanks” should come from our mouths. St. Paul is saying that when we open our mouths, what ought to come out is thanksgiving.
According to St. Paul, a Spirit-filled believer is a thankful believer, a joyful believer, a praying believer. If you are filled with the Spirit, thanks will gush out of you for everything.
Even in times of trouble, St. Paul says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”(Phil. 4:6). In times of great anxiety, fear, worry and stress, be thankful. “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. … Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:15, 17).
A lot of people can carry out religious functions, but if you want to know whether you are truly filled with the Holy Spirit, ask yourself, “Do I rejoice always? Do I constantly pray? Am I increasingly thankful?” St. Paul admonishes us in verse 18, “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” God’s will in Christ Jesus is that you would have constant joy, constant prayer and constant thanks.
MASS: WHITE ST. MARTIN OF TOURS, B. (MEMORIAL) Titus 3:1-7; Ps 23:1-3a.3b-4.5.6(R.1) Accl 1 Thess 5:18; Lk 17:11-19
- Take the thank You Jesus Rosary
- Take other Prayers of our Novena Prayers to All Saints as directed in DSD Section B
Exercise: If we are filled with the Spirit, He produces a grateful heart. Pray for the grace to be thankful in all situations.
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Meditation: Ephesians 1:3