Archives for the month of: November, 2017

In the Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, Jesus tells a parable about the coming of the Son of Man at the end of time.  He compares watching for the end to a doorman watching for return of his master from a journey.  “Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning.  May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’ ” (Mark 13: 35-36).  As the doorman does not know when the master of the house will return, nor do we know when the end will come.  Only God knows the time.  Jesus wants us to be vigilant.  Jesus does not want us to be anxiously waiting.  We wait and watch in loving service to others.  We stay awake for those who need our loving care.  We attend to children without families, young adults with addictions, single mothers without a livable wage, family members with abusive partners, and others.   Whom do you need to watch?

 

 

 

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In the Gospel for the Solemnity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Jesus describes the Judgement of the Nations.  Christ the King will welcome into eternal life those who cared for him with acts of loving kindness.  “Then the righteous will answer him and say, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me’ ” (Matthew 25: 37-40).  This Gospel inspired Saint Theresa of Kolkata to her “call within a call” caring for the homeless, sick and dying in the slums of Kolkata, India.  She saw Christ in them.  As Christian disciples we emulate her whenever we lovingly care for those in need.  We witness to our love for Christ when parents feed their children.  When children care for their sick parents.  When a parish provides winter coats for the children of single mothers in the neighborhood.  When a neighbor visits a mentally ill neighbor isolated and alone.  What loving acts of kindness are you doing for Jesus?

 

 

 

 

 

In the Gospel for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells the Parable of the Talents.  Departing on a journey, a wealthy man entrusts his servants with his possessions.  Upon his return he takes an account.  Two of the servants traded their master’s money for a two fold return on their investments.  The third buried the money which gained no interest.  The wealthy man promoted the servants who increased his wealth.  “Well done, my good and faithful servant[s].  Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.  Come, share your master’s joy” (Matthew 25: 21).  God entrusts us with the responsibility to use our gifts and talents to promote the reign of God.  At the final judgement, God will take an account of how loving and generous we were in our lives.  Did we use our gifts and talents to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, satisfy the thirsty, welcome the stranger, care for the sick, visit those imprisoned?  How do you use your gifts and talents to care for those in need?

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Gospel for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells the Parable of the Ten Virgins.  All went out with their lamps to meet the bridegroom.  They fell asleep waiting so long.  When the bridegroom finally arrived, the virgins with enough oil for their lamps were ready to greet him.  Those who did not have enough went out to buy more.  They returned too late to join the wedding feast.  Jesus concludes with a lesson.  “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour” (Matthew 25: 13).  The virgins are like Christian disciples eagerly longing for Jesus.  We feel close to Jesus when times are good.  We can feel alienated from God and alone when times are bad.  We wonder if God cares about us when bad things happen: a spouse gets cancer, a son gets a divorce, innocent people die in a church shooting.  Our faith may weaken; our hope, fade; our love, chill.  Yet our God is full of surprises.  We can experience the presence of God even in the most destitute of times.  We need only to keep looking.  When in times of trouble have you stayed awake for the presence of God ?