Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 13 June 2016
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
In a world driven by having, it is difficult to be grateful. Every other minute we are reminded of what we do not have by the people who stand to profit from us getting it. So relentless is the drive for more that we rarely sit and appreciate what we have.
Without a deliberate effort to acknowledge and be grateful for what we have, it is easy to be overcome by the turmoil of wanting more. Gratitude, however, feeds contentment and contentment in turn feeds peace. A long and hard look at everything you have to be thankful for almost inevitably cultivates genuine humility.
On the other hand, in a world where so much comfort is built on the suffering of others, it is important that gratitude doesn’t turn into an exercise in justifying evil. Ill-gotten gains must not be confused for divine providence and our minds must not dishonour God by making Him complicit our evil. Where there is evil in fact, there must be no contentment. Where there is evil and injustice there must also be a discontent so deep that it demands action.
We thank you for who you are and for the many things- big and small- that you provide.
We ask your forgiveness for every proud and ungrateful feeling and word.
We ask also that where there is evil and injustice, we are dislodged from our comfort and are made into instruments of your justice and peace.