XXXV ANNIVERSARY OF THE JOHN PAUL II FOUNDATION
Polish House, October 23, 2016
“Be grateful…” (Col 3,15)
My Dear Members and Friends of the John Paul II Foundation!
We gather together in this beautiful chapel of the Polish House to celebrate the 35the anniversary of our Foundation. The Words of the God, as we heard a few minutes ago, encourages us to celebrate the jubilee in such way. It reminded us that the leading threat of each jubilee is gratefulness. In the first reading, from the Letter to the Colossians, St. Paul encourages us: “With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him…” The attitude of thankfulness towards God and people is from end to end a Christian attitude, as in the center of a Christian life is the Eucharist that is thanksgiving. It is worth to remember this in our times, when sometimes it is difficult to say this short, but how important word: thank you…So much we are getting from God! So much we are getting from our neighbor: beginning with our parents…! The Apostle is cautioning us “What do you have that you did not receive?” Are we able to be grateful?