Sin is the problem. Watching for Jesus who saves is the solution. And so Advent begins. Come, Lord Jesus.
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.
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.
Duty and obligation play an important role in the Christian life, but they are the starting point, not the goal. As Jesus reminds us today, duty becomes more authentic when it is motivated by love.
Antiques Roadshow, a PBS show that provided hoarders with the hope of fortune was about comparing an item to the standard of an antique. Today’s first reading tells us that we should compare all we do to the wisdom of God. The gospel tells us that this means always being ready for the presence of God however it appears.