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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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Nov 25, 2018 - "Thy Kingdom Come"

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Scripture Readings

With a contentious mid-term elections barely over,  I am not sure about our appetite for the Feast of Christ the King. Often, we completely de-politicize the gospel. However, think about it. Jesus was brought before the political establishment of the time, by the religious establishment of the time, to be judged, condemned, and finally crucified. Jesus’ condemnation and death as much a political event as it was a religious event. On the other hand, perhaps the feast is a breath of fresh air in the midst of all the political contentions. The Feast of Christ the King tells us that the cross was hardly was the end of the story. The feast of Christ the Kings celebrates the reality that the cross became Jesus’ throne, that strength lies in humility, and that power lies in love. 

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