Archive for November, 2013

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Solemnity of Christ, the King of the Universe

November 24, 2013

WE NEED A KING

Our readings take us from politics to theology to humanity.  Our first reading from Samuel establishes David as King; our second reading from Colossians speaks of Christ as the one who holds all things together; and our Gospel depicts the remarkably human exchange between Jesus as the thieves as they hang, side by side on the crosses.

We might begin our reflection today with two questions:  who or what is our king?  Who or what rules us?  But we can only answer this question if we first consider why we need a king?  (If we believe we need a king at all)  Do we not have within us the capacity to rule ourselves?  Do we really need other people to govern us?

At the heart of this solemnity is a particular humility – a humility that comes only when we recognize that we need a king; that we cannot successfully rule ourselves; that we are too susceptible to pride, greed, envy, lust and weakness.

But this lesson does not come easily. . .

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Solemnity of Christ the King (2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43).

 

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 17, 2013

TRUST IN FAILURE

As we come to the end of the liturgical year (only two weeks until Advent begins), we become more aware that everything is temporary.  The warm, sunny, full days of summer have turned barren as the winter cold sets in.  What was once full of life and colour is seemingly lost.

And these physical signs echo the spiritual life,  as Jesus speaks of the temple in the Gospel – all that you see here – the day will come when not one stone will be left unturned. 

It is good to remember, that in the scriptures, the temple is often a metaphor for our own lives and so the message is not one for the past, but the present.  Jesus is telling us that the day will come when God will seem to disappear; when Jesus will be silently in the grave; when our prayer seems dry and barren.

Perhaps in our marriage, our employment, our vocation, our environment – in some way – for reasons quite unexplainable to us – the lives we have worked so hard to build – the ideals we have tried so hard to hold on to – they will all come down not leaving one stone unturned.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Malachi 3:19-20; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:17-12; Luke 21:5-19)

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 10, 2013

SACRED BODIES

Our readings this weekend bring us face to face with the resurrection of body as an essential truth of our faith. 

The first reading from Maccabees tells us of three brothers who are tortured and killed in front of their mother because they would not violate God’s law.  At the point of death, each one of them depicts amazing confidence in the resurrection of their own bodies and great courage in the face of death – knowing that it was not their end, but rather a transformation. 

The Gospel continues this idea; and while it is tempting to get lost in the analogy of marriage, Jesus is only using marriage as a springboard to the intimacy we will all experience through the resurrection.

The challenge for us is to not live for the future; but to understand that the resurrection starts here.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Psalm 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5, Luke 20:27-38)

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 3, 2013

CALLED TO BE TREE-CLIMBERS

In today’s Gospel, Zacchaeus climbs a tree to get a closer look at Jesus.  As one of the chief tax collectors, Zacchaeus is not perceived as a person who would be much interested in Jesus, and yet his enthusiasm warrants an invitation from Jesus to a meal together.

Though not officially, Zacchaeus might be considered the patron saint of many people in the world – those who are perceived to be on the outside and yet quite curious about Christianity and God.  While some might want to keep them at a distant or scrutinize them, the words of Wisdom as our first reading remind us that everything and everyone belongs; that everyone is loved and mercy is available to all.

So we must ask ourselves why so many people feel like they don’t belong or remain on the outside?  Perhaps we even feel like we are on the outside ourselves and wondering how we might belong in a more significant manner?  What must we do to change?  What trees must we climb to see Jesus better?

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalm 145; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10))