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November 30, 2018 - The Calling of the Fishermen

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Scripture Readings

After two thousand years of Christian history, it is sometimes easy to forget what happened in the early years of Christianity.  And it is easy to overlook the importance of people in previous times.  Our lives as Christians are possible because of the witness of holy women and men throughout the ages who handed down the gospel of Jesus Christ to us.  The scripture readings for today remind us of the importance of apostles and missionaries and their role in turning people’s attention to Christ. 

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November 29, 2018 - A Comfort & A Hope

Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

As we come to the end of the liturgical year before the beginning of Advent, we continue to have readings from the book of Revelation as well as hear of the second coming of Christ in today’s gospel from Luke. Perhaps to the disappointment of some, the book of Revelation is not a prediction of when or even how the end of the world will come.  It was written to bring hope to the persecuted Christians through proclaiming God’s justice and ultimate victory over evil in history.  Scripture scholars tell us that the symbolic or “coded” language was used by the author of Revelation to criticize the Roman emperor and empire in a way that would not necessarily put his readers at risk of persecution or even death at that time. 

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November 28, 2018 - Lives of Testimony

Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

As the liturgical year comes to a close our readings continue the theme of the end times.  It amazes me sometimes how many people think the literal end of the world is near. This morning I was talking with this Catholic family who described how now was the end times, because of the writings of some priest from 40 years ago. In contrast I stood with a patient as the doctor told them there was nothing more they do to improve the persons health.  In one case the family was afraid of the predicted doom, in the other a patient offered courageous acceptance of the real outcome of their condition. 

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November 27, 2018 - Embracing the Unknown

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

We’re living in what some have called the “Information Age.” We have access to more information than ever before in the history of humanity. We can easily access most of that information with a few key pad strokes or spoken requests to our digital assistants (Siri or otherwise named). As a people, we like to know, we like to predict, we want to be able to plan for and have control over our lives and others’ lives, even if for the best. It seems to be part of our human nature. And God often doesn’t cooperate with our desires to know all, predict, and control.

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November 26, 2018 - Discipleship- a Livelihood of Love

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

As I read the readings for today, I was particularly struck by the verse she “offered her whole livelihood.”  The word “livelihood” is often understood to mean what a person does (his or her job) and their material possessions. I believe that Jesus is speaking much more broadly when He refers to the widow in the reading.  Since God is love, and Jesus is God taking on flesh, then Jesus is love incarnate.  If we are disciples, we are called to imitate Jesus in all that we do. But He calls us to more than doing a job or the daily tasks of life- we are called to do all things with great love.

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