Lord, grant us holy patience. It is easy for us to get caught up in the fast paced world we live in but help us to find time to reflect on what is truly worth waiting for in this life. Fill us with your love this Advent season as we prepare ourselves in heart and mind to celebrate the birth of your Son who is with us still.
"An angel showed me the river of life-giving water,
sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God
and of the Lamb down the middle of the street,
On either side of the river grew the tree of life
that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month;
the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.
Nothing accursed will be found anymore.
The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,
and his servants will worship him. They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever and ever." (Revelation 22:1-5)
“Blessed they who dwell in your house!” (Ps 84:5)
May your Thanksgiving be a special moment of living in the now. Let go of the guilt of the past. Reject that fear of the future.Open the door to the overwhelming blessings that are happening right now in your life. Living in the now is the key to the best way of celebrating Thanksgiving.
“They will seize you and persecute you…because of my name. …Remember you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking…..You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” (LK21: 12 – 19)
Lord, we ask you to comfort us. We have all experienced loss in our lives, and we are worried from time to time as we see the state of our world. We ask for your strength, to guide us through the losses and the darkness.
We are reminded of the poor widow who gives all she has to the offering. She demonstrates the grace of stewardship. This woman who has hardly enough to put food on the table for herself and her family gives all she has for others.
Today is the Feast of Christ the King. Matthew’s Gospel passage gives us a vision of the last judgment, when all nations, without distinction between Jew or gentile, without discrimination between priest and people, are all assembled before the king. Incidentally, this is not to be taken in too literal a sense. It is the meaning behind the scene which we are to focus on.
“..to the resurrection of the dead…they can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are children of God.” (Lk 20:35-36)
Today's reading in Luke nineteen is where Jesus shouts out, My House shall be a house of prayer, as he pushes those who are selling and bartering things in the temple. These words of this gospel are clear.. the temple.... the church ..... these are not places of business they are places to bring in our prayers and thoughts before the Lord..... To sit and listen to the Lord..... to experience the Lord
“As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,he saw the city and wept over it, saying,“If this day you only knew what makes for peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes.For the days are coming upon youwhen your enemies will raise a palisade against you;they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,and they will not leave one stone upon another within youbecause you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (lk 19:41-44)
"I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,
and I heard the trumpetlike voice
that had spoken to me before, saying,
“Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.”
At once I was caught up in spirit.
A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one
whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.
Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.
Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other thrones
on which twenty-four elders sat,
dressed in white garments and with gold crowns on their heads.
From the throne came flashes of lightning,
rumblings, and peals of thunder.
Seven flaming torches burned in front of the throne,
which are the seven spirits of God.
In front of the throne was something that resembled
a sea of glass like crystal". (Revelations 4:1-5)
“ I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (RV: 3: 15-16)
“The people walking in front rebuked him”. (Lk 18:39)
Today's Gospel of Matthew is the parable of the man going on a journey and entrusting his servants with his possessions....talents. Talents were a weight of copper, gold, or silver.
Today we hear a bit about faith and fairness. As people we tend to be selfishly motivated and this is what the judge in the parable illustrates. He doesn't make up his mind based on what is empirically right but, rather, based on his own well-being. How often do we do that?
We must pull ourselves away from the drought of emptiness and be renewed and fulfilled in the abundance of God’s grace. Let us help nature to overcome this famine of despair and let flowing waters restore our hearts to the glory of heaven.
"The kingdom of God is among you'' (lk 17:21)
The key to living this peaceful, considerate life is the reality of God's love for us. We have been chosen by God. With the assurance of this love we can be law-abiding, we can avoid all kinds of negative words of others. We can be filled with peace and encouragement. Accepting God's deep personal love for us is the foundation of what it means to live in our world as Christians.
“When you have done all you have been commanded, say,‘We are unprofitable servants;we have done what we were obliged to do.” (lk 17:10)
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur.” (LK 17: 1.)
Today’s feast teaches us that through the glorious Resurrection of the life giving Temple of Christ, we become living stones that feed on the living water, the ever flowing Divine graces that are bestowed upon us as a gift of God’s love and mercy for His beloved children.
“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Lk 16: 15)
Who are YOUR heroes? Do you model your life and your decisions, your values, upon anybody in PARTICULAR, besides Jesus, of course? To whom do you look up, or present to your children as models to admire and imitate?
The church is a place of sinners seeking forgiveness from God, seeking the love and acceptance and forgiveness of fellow Christians. We who are in church are humble sinners striving to know and love God.