Recently I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Erntedank fest in Germany. This festival is an expression of thanksgiving to God for the good harvest the people have received. On this day, the church is decorated with fruits, flowers and various harvest produce. Most of the churches celebrate the Erntedank fest with a family mass. The real reason for the celebration is the realization that life is the gift of God and we are called to share this life with others. Therefore, thanksgiving reminds us to share our lives with our neighbour.
The Canonized Saints and the living saints are beautiful role models to humanity since they shared their life with others. Their lives were based on the foundation of love towards God and humanity. Their words still echo in the minds of humanity. Bl. Mother Theresa has rightly pointed out that, “let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Therefore, the next time we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us be the reason for someone else’s smile.