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Sunday Reflection for November 23, 2014
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
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Sunday Summary

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 God alone provides the final reckoning between the sheep in the pasture.

Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6 The Lord is the shepherd who guards and guides the sheep.

1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 The Risen Lord leads the way from death into life.

Matthew 25:31-46 Sheep and goats alike must answer for the choices they’ve made.

Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe


Exploring the Word
Compassion is the measure
The church year always ends on a downbeat: Judgment! Those aware of the three-year lectionary cycle know that three gospels are used sequentially to illustrate the idea of Christ the King, and all involve the idea of choices freely made, and judgment swiftly rendered. The first is the one we hear today: the straightforward matter of the sheep and the goats. Christ is literally described as the king who sits in judgment ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for November 22, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Preaching the News
» Shovel off in Buffalo – In this Sunday’s reading from the Book of Ezekiel, the Lord promises to seek the lost and rescue those who have been scattered. Safety crews struggled to rescue motorists stranded in upstate New York by a huge snowstorm . . . More...
» A city divided against itself – In this Sunday’s second reading, Saint Paul speaks of how resurrection came into the world through Christ to counteract the effect of the death that came through Adam. Death came to east Palestine Tuesday when two Palestinian cousins wielding a gun . . . More...
» President acts on immigration – “When the Son of Man comes in his glory,” Jesus says to his disciples in this Sunday’s gospel, those who have welcomed the stranger in their midst will be among the elect. President Obama decided to take executive action on immigration . . . More...
» Stakes rise along with global temperatures – The psalmist speaks of the Lord as a shepherd who gives repose “in verdant pastures . . . beside restful waters.” Verdant pastures may become a thing of the past and restful waters may start to dry up if a new United Nations report on global warming is accurate. Despite some countries' recent pledges . . . More...
Quote of the Week

“I hope this image in today’s gospel is not reflective of anyone’s expectations.”

—Blase Cupich, the new archbishop of Chicago, after learning that the gospel reading for his Installation Mass was about Jesus walking on water

Source: Religion News

Fact of the Week
40 percent of food sold or prepared in the United States never makes it to the table. It is thrown out by families, restaurants, and supermarkets.
Source: National Public Radio

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...