"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? An dhow can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news !" (ROM 10: 10-15)
Yesterday was Thanksgiving, a national holiday here in the United States, a day of giving thanks.
Today’s Responsorial Psalm gives glory and praise to the Lord. It is a Thanksgiving song to God.
"As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed,returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” (Luke 18:14-19)
The first reading today is one of those rippers that is hard to put down. It has to do with the Jews in exile, their conquerer, King Belshazzar, blasphemy and judgement as delivered by the King’s prisoner Daniel.
“…the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed…and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2: 44)
"Jesus said: I tell you truly this poor widow put in more than all the rest. She has offered her whole livelihood....." (Luke 21)
"Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23: 43)
"God is not God of the dead but of the living, for to him, all are alive!" (Luke 20:38)
“Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, ‘It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves." (Luke 19: 45 – 46)
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior,,,,,,the mighty one has done great things for me, and holy is his name!” (Lk 1: 46, 49)
I want to ask you: Is anything worth giving up your life? Today's first reading is from the Book of Macchabees. It tells us of the seven brothers who were arrested, tortured and finally murdered because they wouldn't break the law of God.
In today’s Gospel, God is calling YOU!
Well, 1st he calls Zacchaeus.
Today’s readings form 1st Maccabees is action-packed about a very UNfaithful Hebrew king who encouraged his people to break the laws of the Covenant and take on the ways of the pagan world.
"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place;
and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky."
"Before all this happens, however,
they will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name." (Luke 21: 10-12)
"Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account". (Hebrews 4:12-13)
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God…to the ends of the earth!” (Ps 19: 4-5)
In today's responsorial psalm response is the phrase "your words are forever O Lord...."
these words are beautiful and thought provoking...... forever is a long time..... a very long time and yet we mostly live for today.....we struggle and work and play and move from one moment to the next....
"...glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him….Jesus said in reply, ‘Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?" (Luke 17: 15-17)
“In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dar about as sparks through stubble!” (Wis 3:7)
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us that if our brother sins against us we are to forgive him. In my opinion, this is not because we are gracious, but because our heavenly father is gracious.
Today’s first reading is one of those hard to put down. It has to do with the Maccabee family and their not only opposition to the King of the day but their willingness to die absolutely horrible deaths in defense of their faith.
"Brothers and sisters:
You are God’s building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ." (1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17)
Today’s Psalm asks us to “sing a new song to the Lord”. To some this may be an odd request. This is because many of us view GOD as the judge, but not a friend.
“…whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14: 8b)
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14: 26-27)