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Persecution

Nov
28

“They will seize and persecute you” (Luke 21:12).

Christianity has always deemed suffering the truest test of faith. Today’s readings from Luke and Revelation were both composed during periods of imperial persecution, when the church reportedly flourished. Lacking persecution, severe forms of asceticism and self-inflicted suffering have met the need for actual martyrdom.

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Glory

Nov
27

"The time to reap has come" (Rev 14:16).

Preachers might envy Steven Spielberg for his power to preach a powerful history lesson with a timely moral to millions of moviegoers who will experience his latest film "Lincoln."

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Widow

Nov
27

"She has given from her poverty"(Luke 21:4.

Jesus' praise for the poor widow who put her last two coins into the Temple treasury reveals a pattern he lived himself and asks his disciples to emulate. Give from your want, your lack, even your emptiness, and your gift will be multiplied.

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Truth to Power

Nov
27

“You say I am a king” (John 18:36).

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Who Is Alive?

Nov
24

“Finally the woman also died” (Luke 20:31).

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Sweet and Sour

Nov
23

“Black Friday” has entered the national lexicon to designate the critical shopping day after Thanksgiving. An annual frenzy begins the Christmas season and projects the health of the consumer economy for the near term. The day has liturgical parallels; attendance is encouraged, the rituals of discounted pricing and piped in music rival anything religion has to offer in high holy days like Good Friday, Palm Sunday or, for that matter, Blue Monday, when all bills come due.

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Thanksgiving

Nov
22

“Your faith has saved you” (Luke 17:19).

The Church provides two sets of readings for today, one suitable to the Thanksgiving holiday and the other for the ongoing apocalyptic themes emphasized as we end one liturgical year and approach Advent. In Luke 17, the leper who returns to give thanks is praised; In Luke 19, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem. Our reality is always a mix of light and darkness, hope and trouble.

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Presentation

Nov
21

The Jewish ritual of presenting a child in the Temple is commemorated today in the life of Mary. The feast has no biblical basis other than the general practice, which assumes that Mary’s parents, named Joachim and Anne by tradition, brought her at three-years-old for presentation to the priests. Luke 2:22 records the same ritual when Joseph and Mary presented Jesus after his circumcision. The practice acknowledges that all children are gifts from God and belong to God.

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Trading Places

Nov
20

"I must stay at your house today" (Luke 19:6).

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Sight

Nov
19

“I want to see” (Luke 18:41).

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