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God’s D-Day in Jerusalem – First Reading in Preparation for the Nativity of the Lord

God’s D-Day in Jerusalem – First Reading in Preparation for the Nativity of the Lord

It is in this light that we should see the passage for today. This is a paean to those who bring the good news of God’s D-Day, his reinvasion of planet earth, of the beachhead he has established in Bethlehem, and of the spread of that light throughout the world…The invitation is there for each of us who have seen his coming to join their glad and happy announcement, to bring to everyone the grand news of God’s D-Day in Bethlehem, that, as John shouts , “the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it!” (John 1)

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Finding Ourselves in the Story – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Finding Ourselves in the Story – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is the epic story in which we are invited to find ourselves, for it is our story. It is not an easy story, for many of the hardships which Jesus predicts for his disciples will be faced by us, as well. It cannot be otherwise, for evil is real and, this side of heaven, death and destruction still reign as enemies.

But, thanks to the cross, they are vanquished enemies.

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A Beauty that Prevails – Gospel Reading for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Beauty that Prevails – Gospel Reading for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To make a more practical analogy, if you have a coworker that breaths fire—they are abrasive, impatient or overbearing—the right response is not to replicate that behavior, but balance it with kindness, love, and patience… this kind of active resistance, even in the form of our deference, is the means by which we resist the threat of the weeds, so that the goodness in ourselves and in our neighbors is able to grow. This patience, this perceived non-action, is often the holiest action we can take. It is the outward expression of our belief in God’s infinite goodness and justice, that even as darkness thickens and contracts upon us, there is an enduring light manifest in the grace of God and our faith that “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

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Hope Borne of Suffering – Second Reading of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Hope Borne of Suffering – Second Reading of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Pascal says that God will give you just enough light, that if you want to find him you will, but not so much light that if you don’t want to find him, you won’t. God does not force himself upon us, yet we know him to be true. He does not force eternal life on us, yet the desire for it is inscribed in our hearts (Eccl 3:11). Thus, we must choose to live for this life, despite the barriers that the enemy puts in our way. Hope is a grace, yes, but a grace that we must be willing to accept. We must take solace in the word of God, that it is a reliable glimpse of the glorious life that awaits us when we are truly born.

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From Darkness to Light – John 9

From Darkness to Light – John 9

This is one of the most wonderful blessings of experiencing the healing touch of Christ in our lives. Our entire worldview is transformed. When we come to see him, we come to see everything else as it really is–and it is a far more beautiful sight than we ever dreamed. We may have thought this world an accident and a bad one at that; now we see it is deliberately created and that it is good. We may have believed in the law of “tooth and claw”; now we see that love prevails. We may have thought we were alone; now we see that He is with us and will never forsake us. We may have thought that this world was all there is; now we see that, in him, we have eternal life.

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The God Forsaken – Mark 15

The God Forsaken – Mark 15

“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” –Here we have proof that whatever isolation we feel from God in the midst of our own experiences of darkness, Jesus too knows, because He has experienced it himself.

But his experience is not the same as ours, at least not in the way we tend to think….

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He is Near – Mark 13

He is Near – Mark 13

It is not as we would have expected. We would have expected that the moment in which the darkness seems the greatest would be the moment in which God’s absence would be most profoundly felt and proven true, but Jesus insists it is not. It is precisely in this moment that He is nearer than ever. He is at the gates; salvation is nigh.

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