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Meditation: Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9

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Thanksgiving Day (USA)

(Use the readings of the day below or for Thanksgiving Day, any from the Lectionary for Ritual Masses, vol. IV, nos. 943-947.)

Entrance Antiphon

Sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts,
always thanking God the Father for all things
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph 5:19-20

Collect

Father all-powerful,
your gifts of love are countless
and your goodness infinite;
as we come before you on Thanksgiving Day
with gratitude for your kindness,
open our hearts to have concern
for every man, woman, and child,
so that we may share your gifts in loving service.
Through our Lord. Amen.

Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a

I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth became illumined by his splendor. He cried out in a mighty voice:

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.
She has become a haunt for demons.
She is a cage for every unclean spirit,
a cage for every unclean bird,
a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast.”

A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone and threw it into the sea and said:

“With such force will Babylon the great city be thrown down,
and will never be found again.
No melodies of harpists and musicians,
flutists and trumpeters,
will ever be heard in you again.
No craftsmen in any trade
will ever be found in you again.
No sound of the millstone
will ever be heard in you again.
No light from a lamp
will ever be seen in you again.
No voices of bride and groom
will ever be heard in you again.
Because your merchants were the great ones of the world,
all nations were led astray by your magic potion.”

After this I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying:

“Alleluia!
Salvation, glory, and might belong to our God,
for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great harlot
who corrupted the earth with her harlotry.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

They said a second time:

“Alleluia! Smoke will rise from her forever and ever.”

Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.”

Psalm 100

R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful song. R.
Know that the Lord is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends. R.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name. R.
For he is good:
the Lord, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations. R.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.
Stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand. Lk 21:28
Alleluia, alleluia.

Luke 21:20-28

Jesus said to his disciples: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, for these days are the time of punishment when all the Scriptures are fulfilled. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”

Prayer over the Offerings

God our Father,
from whose hand we have received generous gifts
so that we might learn to share your blessings in gratitude,
accept these gifts of bread and wine,
and let the perfect sacrifice of Jesus
draw us closer to all our brothers and sisters in the human family.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Communion Antiphon

I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth. Ps 138 (137):1
OR
How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?
The chalice of salvation I will raise,
and I will call on the name of the Lord. Ps 116 (115):12-13

Prayer after Communion

In this celebration, O Lord our God,
you have shown us the depths of your love for all your children;
help us, we pray, to reach out in love to all your people,
so that we may share with them
the good things of time and eternity.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Daily Meditation: Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9

Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:9)

Weddings are wonderful events, but in some ways, it’s even more beautiful to witness a couple renewing their wedding vows after twenty-five or fifty years of marriage. They’ve been through many ups and downs together over the years, but they are still ready to say yes to each other once again—and it means even more.

In a way, we are like that couple every time we celebrate Mass. Jesus is the Bridegroom, and we are his Church, his bride. He already pledged his faithfulness to us on the cross, and he renews his pledge at every Mass when he offers us his Body and Blood. That’s when we have the opportunity to renew our side of the covenant as well. As we receive him, we can offer ourselves to him and declare our faithfulness and love.

This beautiful and holy exchange is also a foretaste of heaven. The Church teaches that the liturgy “anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the heavenly Jerusalem” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1329). And in today’s passage, the angel tells us, “Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). We are the blessed ones whom God is calling! This means that, as glorious as it is, our experience of Mass is just a foretaste of the great wedding feast that we will celebrate in heaven. It means that we will one day be with all of God’s people, as well as all his angels, and we will sing, “Holy, holy, holy!” (Revelation 4:8).

What an incredible gift we have been given, that the God who created the world declares his love to us in such a powerful way! So don’t let Mass become routine for you. Don’t forget what is actually happening at the liturgy. Instead, think of that married couple who are still deeply in love after many years together. As they would to one another, renew your vows to God. Then as you receive Jesus’ Body and Blood, let him show you just how deeply you are loved by your Lord.

“Jesus, thank you for inviting me to the wedding feast!”

Psalm 100:1-5b
Luke 21:20-28

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