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Reflection for Sept 4, 2007

"The Lord will Come like a Thief at Night."

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s first reading from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians, we again find this recurrent theme of being prepared to meet Jesus. At one level they are a discussion of the end of the world. In every generation there have been people who thought the end would come during their own lifetime, and at some point in history, that will be the case. At another level, this encounter of Jesus occurs at every Eucharist. Of course, this encounter does not occur at some hidden time in the future, and therefore it is much easier to prepare for.

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Reflection for Sept 3, 2007

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me"

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s first reading, we catch a brief glimpse of what will happen at the end when Christ returns. All of Christ’s followers will join the Saints in heaven at the very end before the final judgment. Today’s reading from the Gospel of Luke hints at this second coming of Christ for those who know the Old Testament background. Jesus is in the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth, where he reads from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He reads from the beginning of chapter 61 of Isaiah.

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Reflection for Sept 2, 2007

"The One who Humbles himself will be Exalted"

Sunday Mass Readings

People do many things to exalt themselves. From wearing certain brand clothes, to owning particular types of cars, from eating at particular restaurants to consuming certain types of wines, from living in certain neighbourhoods to becoming members of a certain parish, the choices we have to climb the social ladder is stupendous. Now don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong in these acts by themselves. But I think Christ is warning us that if our self-image, our dignity, our relationship with God and with others is determined by these things, then we have not understood the Christian paradox. Because, “one who exalts himself will be humbled….” Such a person has placed his or her security in things other than God. And that is the opposite of humility. That is pride. Humility, on the other hand comes from the realization that our basic dignity comes from God.

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Reflection for Sept 1, 2007

"To Everyone Who Has, More Will be Given"

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s gospel reading presents one of those remarks of Jesus that defy normal reasoning. If I won the 303 million dollar Megamillion lottery, I would not be giving some of it to another rich person, but rather, I would be giving it to someone who has none. No one has to tell me that it is most reasonable thing to do. So what is Jesus’ reasoning when he says, "For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

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Reflection for August 31, 2007

"Therefore, Say Awake

Today's Mass Readings

The point of the parable from today’s Gospel reading is that we each much remain watchful and attentive. In today’s parable, the bridegroom has arrived to begin to seven day joyous wedding celebration which was standard for the Judaism of the time. The young women who did not bring their oil with them will not be able to partake in this joyous occasion. They had not remained watchful and attentive. None of us know when we are going to die. None of us know when our end will come. We must therefore keep watch over our lives to make sure we are following Jesus to the best of our abilities.

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