Fulfillment

A Beacon of Hope – First Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Advent, Year C

A Beacon of Hope – First Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Advent, Year C

Nevertheless, by faith Jeremiah proclaimed the promise God gave him for the people and so, in the darkest of times, gave hope and courage to all who would believe…As such, Jeremiah serves as a prime example of all those who have gone before us and have lived by faith in a promised future they would not live to see, but which they would help usher in by their faithfulness and courage: Abraham, Sarah, Moses, every prophet, every martyr who has ever lived, right down to our own day. I think of the sister of Corrie ten Boom who, on her deathbed in Auschwitz, told her sister to carry this message for her to the world:

“We have been to the deepest pit and we proclaim, there is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”

I think, too, of Dr. King in Memphis speaking just the day before his assassination…

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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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The Way to Life – First Reading in Preparation for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Way to Life – First Reading in Preparation for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

That is, wisdom comes from knowing, understanding, and embracing the ways of God and God himself. Do not let the phrase, “the fear of the Lord” divert you. As Peter Kreeft says, “This ‘fear of the Lord’ that is the beginning of wisdom is not, of course, a crude, cruel, or craven thing. It is high, and holy, and happy. It is the awe of adoration, the wonder of worship.”(You Can Understand the Bible, p. 96) It is the reverence that compels us to kneel, listen, embrace, and obey. Surely this is what Jesus meant when he quoted Deuteronomy 8:3: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” This is the way that leads to life.

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The Spirit of Fulfillment – First Reading of Pentecost Sunday

The Spirit of Fulfillment – First Reading of Pentecost Sunday

It was on this day that God fulfilled the promise to “pour out his Spirit on all flesh”. From that day, all who are baptized into Christ can count on the living presence of God to be in them and with them. This is wonderful and glorious news for, as Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches…apart from me, you can do nothing”. But with Him? As Paul says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me!” (Php.4:13).

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