The other evening I heard a radio commentator refer to Thanksgiving as a “family institution.” This opened my mind to a whole new insight about Thanksgiving. We have many institutions in our society: churches, government, schools, businesses, and social clubs and organizations. Thanksgiving is a special, privileged day though for the all-important institution of the family; this is why this holiday is so meaningful for us and enjoyable! In many ways and with few exceptions, the other institutions of society defer to the family on this day and “get out of the way.” One notable exception is the “Church;” we will have a Mass tomorrow morning at 9:00 am which many people will attend for example, and the prayers of the Church are continually offered for its people every day, for example in the Liturgy of the Hours.
But again, on Thanksgiving the family is “front and center.” I hope you, your family and all your loved ones have a blessed Thanksgiving!