Sunday, November 17
As we approach the end of the liturgical year, today’s readings paint a picture of the end time: nation rising against nation, plagues, famines, great signs, persecutions and trials. The biblical “day of the Lord” will be a time, as Malachi tells us, “when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire” (3: 19). But are these signs new? What age has been absent of these types of calamities? In reading these words, I cannot help but recall the R.E.M. tune “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” The song lyrics speak of earthquakes, hurricanes and the world serving its own needs. It paints a picture of chaos and disharmony, similar to that of the scriptures. Nearly two thousand years have passed since the writing of Luke’s Gospel, and we are still waiting for “the end.” So what are these texts trying to tell us?
Thursday, November 14
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Thursday, November 14
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Sunday, November 10
The Day of the Dead is a central celebration of our Mexican brothers and sisters that occurred at the beginning of this month (10/31-11/02). This multi-day celebration involves gathering with friends and family to remember their deceased relatives and celebrate their lives, often times in the graveyards where they are buried. Their practice echoes the early Christian practice of celebrating Mass in the catacombs with those heroic martyrs whose witness and life inspired the early community and whose memories they wished to keep alive.
Sunday, November 3
“O LORD and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things!” (Wis. 11: 26- 12: 1) My son is tall. At the age of fourteen he stands better than six feet tall as an eighth grader. He has always been interested in his height and has longed for the day when he would grow taller than me. That day has come, and now, I have a child who looks down on me, if ever so slightly. As a competitive child, he believes he has achieved a certain goal and reached a particular stature beyond his physical size, just by virtue of his height.
Wednesday, October 30
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Sunday, October 27
It is a natural human trait to compare ourselves with others, to measure ourselves against our contemporaries or even to claim things which make us feel better about ourselves. It is in that comparison where we can be lead to a false sense of righteousness. Sometimes bumper stickers can reveal this comparative and maybe even self-righteous attitude with such slogans as; “My other car is a Prius,” or “My child is an honors student,” or “I’m vegan, what is your superpower?”
Sunday, October 20
In today’s readings we have two descriptions of constant pleading. In the first reading, we have Moses in constant outstretched-arm-prayer while the Israelites battle Amalek’s army, prevailing only so long as Moses arms are in a constantly outstretched position. In the gospel, we have a widow who is constant in her pleading before an unjust judge, who finally gives in because of her persistence.
Sunday, October 13
How do we show our thanks to others for what we receive or are given? Has there ever been a time when you were so taken by what you have received or with your life that you simply moved on and did not think to show or offer words of thanksgiving?
Sunday, October 6
When you hear the word “faith” what comes to mind? What are the associations you think of? We have faith in our cars that they will get us to work. We have faith in the relationships of our lives that sustain us and give our lives meaning. We have faith in God who is the foundation of all that we do, or do we? Are we like the Apostles in today’s gospel, who find that they feel a bit deficient in their faith in God?