“Thank God!” The expression still has considerable currency even among those whose lives and discernable attitudes appear very far from Him.
Yet, upon the slightest reflection, we all have very much – no – everything to thank Him for. Our life is God’s gift from the very instant of our conception through each passing moment as He sustains us –the next keystroke on this computer is his gift. The wonder of Creation is God’s gift to us – the astounding beauty of land, sea and sky and the mighty universe, the fascinating animal and plant kingdoms and the stunning variety, virtues and talents of our fellow man. The love of our families and friends and the camaraderie of our companions, all of which comfort us, are God’s gift to us.
As if all this were not enough, God offers us the gift of eternal life with Him, if only we are faithful to Him. So we need to thank God for His Revelation of Himself and His intentions for us and for the great Revelation of His Word – Our Lord Jesus Christ – and the inspired Sacred Scriptures. To aid us on our way to Him, He has given us the gift of Faith and the super-abundance of Grace conveyed by the Seven Sacraments.
Towering among all of these is the Blessed Eucharist, the greatest gift in all our lives- as we receive in our “earthen vessels” the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and become one in Him and He one in us.
"Thank God” indeed. God who from Eternity came into our realm of time, and took flesh as a little babe in Mary’s womb, was born of that holy Virgin to become one of us, to teach us in due course about Himself, His Father and the Holy Spirit; about Himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life and ultimately to suffer and then die ignominiously on the Cross, and then to rise gloriously, having offered us the same resurrection :
“I am the Resurrection and the Life: he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live”. ( John 11: 23-25 )
If it were necessary after all the above, it is important to reflect on the great revealed truth that God – infinite and eternal – LOVES us, despite our frailties and faults He loves us and seeks our faithful love of Him.
“Thank God” – indeed – this is our continuing honour and privilege and profound obligation.