Joy in his timing, his priorities

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 15, 2013
Isa 35:1-6, 10; Ps 146; James 5:7-10; Matt 11:2-11

We have reached the Third Sunday of Advent, and our excitement is building for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus! Or at least it is if we are letting the Scripture readings each week sink into our hearts.

  • For back on the First Sunday, we heard our Lord Jesus promise that he would come again, and warn us that when he would come would be unexpected. And so he urged us: Stay awake! Be prepared!
  • And then, last week, we were reminded by the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist about why we should look forward to this Second Coming with anticipation. (more…)
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The raising of Lazarus and the problem of evil

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year A: April 10, 2011
Ezek 37:12-14; Ps 130; Rom 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

This cry, which we hear from the lips of both Martha and Mary, is in essence the same cry that we hear from so many in our world—and even from ourselves. “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Cried out when a loved one dies: especially a child; a baby; an adult who is still too young. When a freak accident takes away something forever. When a job is lost: suddenly, unfairly, that you needed. (more…)

Gaudete Sunday: Joy in the waiting

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 12, 2010
Isa 35:1-6, 10; Ps 146:6-10; James 5:7-10; Matt 11:2-11

Last Sunday we heard the preaching of John the Baptist in the wilderness. He was baptizing and preaching repentance, to prepare for the coming Messiah. And a big part of his message, you remember, was that there was a judgment coming, with both rewards and punishments: the coming wrath, he said, when the Messiah would gather his wheat into his barn, but burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. [Matt 3:7, 12]

Now today we see John again, but now some time has passed, and he is being held in prison by Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Galilee. John could face execution at any time. And from his prison cell he has a question for Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (more…)