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Reflection for Dec 3, 2007

Beginning the Advent Journey"

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s readings speak of anticipation – the anticipation so characteristic of this season of Advent. We are waiting, waiting, waiting… and for what? Isaiah speaks of both the calamity that will befall many, but also, in today’s passage, of the salvation that awaits those who remain faithful. For the holy of Zion, there will be over them “A smoking cloud by day and a light of flaming fire by night. For over all, the LORD’s glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from storm and rain.” This echoes the Exodus imagery of the time when the Hebrew people were fleeing from their slavery in Egypt. The smoking cloud, the flaming pillar was the sign of God’s presence with the people. It was the shelter and protection given to the people. For what are we waiting, then? Isaiah tells us we are waiting for this special presence of God among us.

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Reflection for Dec 2, 2007

The Vision of God"

Sunday Mass Reading

We all dream dreams. We dream our children will have better futures. We dream of the new house we will have. Young people dream of their careers. What would it be to have no dreams?

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Reflection for Dec 1, 2007

Apocalypse and God's Kingdom"

Today's Mass Readings

Appropriately, on this final day of the liturgical year, we have reflections about the apocalypse, or the second coming of Jesus. “Apocalypse” in Greek literally means “revelation” or “pulling back the veil.”

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Reflection for Nov 20, 2007 - Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

Faith that is "active"

Today's Mass Readings

Today is the feast of St. Andrew the apostle. The theme of today's readings is the necessity of gospel being preached. In today’s first reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, we find St. Paul’s important discussion of what it means to have an "active" faith in Christ.

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Reflection for Nov 29, 2007

Your Redemption is at Hand.”

Today's Mass Reading

A common theme in this week’s readings is that of salvation. In the first reading, we see this again. We have been following this story of Daniel throughout our week, and today we finally reach one of the most well-known passages of the Old Testament – the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. The reluctant king who throws him in to the lions for praying to God hopes that Daniel will survive, and indeed he does. This is enough to convert King Darius, who writes to all the nations to tell them to honor and reverence this God who delivered Daniel from the lions. Imagine, a foreign king, converted to belief in the Jewish God!

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