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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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St. Albert the Great

Nov
15

“The kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:22).

The simplest affirmation of the mystery of the Incarnation is the world itself. The Creator is in the creation. Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when God’s Kingdom was coming. He said, in effect, it is right here, in your midst. Don’t search your books for concepts or prophecies. The world is the Book of God.

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Unclean

Nov
14

“Go show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:13).

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