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Year C – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 17, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Malachi 3:19-20a; Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9 (R/. cf. 9); 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:28; Luke 21:5-19

As the end of the liturgical year approaches, the readings call our attention to the “end time,” that “Day of the Lord,” referred to by both Old Testament prophets and most New Testament writings.  Throughout history, groups have predicted the end time was right around the corner.  In our own day, such dates have come and gone.  And we are still here!  Most recently, we all survived the supposed Mayan Apocalypse of December 21, 2012.

It may be more helpful to live aware that, while we do not know when the end of the world will come, we do know that one day we will face our own end, dying to this life as we know it.  We can take comfort in Jesus’ final words today, “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”  For, if we persevere in faith, hope, and love, and if we strive to bring justice, mercy, forgiveness, and peace into our world, whenever the Day of the Lord comes, we will be counted among the just and experience it as the arrival of “the sun of justice with its healing rays.”  In the meantime, as Paul advises, go about your lives, working quietly to bring about the kingdom of God even now.

How does life’s eventual end influence your days?

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Year C – Second Sunday of Easter – April 7, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (R/. 1); Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:29; John 20:19-31

Easter has escaped the busyness that surrounds Christmas:  shopping, parties, get-togethers.  In addition, when one thinks of Easter music, hymns and oratories come to mind, since there are only a few Easter songs.  There seems to be something so sacred about this feast that even the merchandisers have refrained from commercializing it for the most part.  Nevertheless, we do not want to forget that Easter reminds us of the gifts the risen Lord Jesus brings.  We hear about them in the Gospel today.  To the frightened apostles, locked into the upper room, Jesus suddenly appears with gifts that release them from their fears.  First, he gives the God’s peace (shalom), that is, all God’s blessings that can enrich human life.  Then he breathes the Holy Spirit on them, empowering them to offer God’s forgiveness to all who seek it.  Finally, he gives to Thomas, and to all followers, the gift of faith in him as Lord and God.  To live at peace with God and others, to have the capacity to forgive and receive forgiveness, and to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, these are Easter’s gifts to us. 

How will you make use of these gifts this Easter season? 

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