Can you be grateful for your suffering? A spiritual director I had in the seminary asked me this question, and I was taken aback. But trying to sincerely pray in gratitude for my suffering helped me to discover God.
The readings are certainly dramatic these days. We are coming to the end of the Church year, and we are focused on the end of time. When asked for a timeline of these events of the end times, Jesus appears to give one, but in reality his message is that we really won’t know so we should always be watchful for him.
Are you a very important person? Increasingly I think each of us answers that question with a resounding “yes”! But if we really wish to be a very important person, then we must make Christ our King by recognizing his image in every human being.
Using the parable of the Good Samaritan, he discusses the power of relationships, and our lost sense we are all in this together.
Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.
Transcendent and Imminent. God is both. God is all-powerful and intimately close. As we approach the end of the Church year, we are reminded more and more of the all-powerful, transcendent God who saves.
Thank goodness. Thank goodness God has come to seek and save the lost. Jesus reveals to each of us a God who has a relentless desire to save each of us.
How much will you invest in Christ? Today’s gospel tells us our investment in Christ must be total if we are to share in the master’s joy. While not completely applicable today, the first reading gives one example of a relationship that requires a total investment. What will you do for Jesus?
Do I think I could be a martyr? I don’t know. Yet, I suspect most martyrs did not know when the threat to their life was not imminent. But, when the choice was loyalty to Jesus or their life, the choice was clear.
On this Veterans day, November 11, 2020, we remember all those who have or are serving in our military. Thank you.