I had the pleasure of hearing a wonderful homily on Thanksgiving.
I wanted to pass it on to all of you (I'll paraphrase, of course).
Our priest commented that with so many negative things happening in our country right now, it is easy to question what God is doing during all this.
Unemployment is still high.
We just elected a president that does not share many of the same values as Catholics, namely pro-life initiatives.
Hurricane Sandy just wreaked havoc in the northeast, leaving many homeless.
He then gave us an analogy.
He told us that each morning, he makes instant coffee. He puts two scoops of powdered coffee in a mug, then two packets of Splenda, and finally some creamer.
Then he stirs it vigorously, and made the hand motion to emphasize the point.
Finally he adds steaming hot water, to make, in his words, a delicious cup of coffee.
He then asked those in attendance what ingredient made the coffee taste so great?
Was it the coffee? The Splenda? The water?
"No," he told us, shaking his head. "It was the stirring."
Without the stirring, he said, the coffee would have tasted either too black, or too creamy, or too sugary.
"It was the stirring that made the goodness come out," he said as he smiled.
"And that is what I believe God is doing right now. He is stirring all of us to bring out the sweetness... to make all the goodness come out."
What a beautiful perspective, on a day that begs us to look at the silver lining in everything and offer thanks.