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Sunday Reflection for November 30, 2014
First Sunday of Advent
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Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 After faithless wandering, God’s people seek a return to their heritage.

Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 God plants the wandering vine, confident that it will turn again.

1 Corinthians 1:3-9 God is faithful, and those who live in grace will enjoy divine fellowship.

Mark 13:33-37 Stay alert! An absence is not the same as indifference.

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Time is on our side
Last week was about endings and judgment. The church year concluded; time to choose allegiance to Christ, King of the Universe! With the season of Advent, the wheel of time turns again. Now it’s all about beginnings and fresh starts. This season is pregnant with possibilities, expectant with hope. If you like, you can be born again with Christ! The world is getting another chance to make things right. Each of us is issued the same opportunity to be made new. ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for November 26, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, November 30, 2014

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» Ferguson frustration erupts at no indictment – In the gospel for this First Sunday of Advent, Jesus says to his disciples, “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” That could have been the motto for Ferguson, Missouri the past several weeks as the city tensely awaited the grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown shooting case. After it was announced . . . More...
» Iran talks extended before they ran aground – “I give thanks to my God always on your account,” writes Saint Paul to the Corinthians this Sunday, “that in [Christ Jesus] you were enriched in every way.” The enrichment of uranium is at the heart of tense negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Talks were extended seven months . . . More...
» Hagel done haggling with Obama administration – “Why do you let us wander?” asks the prophet Isaiah of the Lord in the first reading this Sunday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, characterized by Obama administration officials as having wandered off message in his criticisms of White House defense policies, . . . More...
» Americans prefer change in climate to change in lifestyle – “Look down from heaven,” the psalmist implores of the Lord this Sunday, “take care of this vine, and protect what your right hand has planted.” Seems most Americans have priorities greater than protecting the planet from the damaging impact of climate change. . . . More...
Quote of the Week
“Religious life ought to promote growth in the church by way of attraction. The church must be attractive. Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living! . . . It is this witness that I expect of you. Religious should be men and women who are able to wake the world up.”
—Pope Francis, who proclaimed the Year of Consecrated Life that begins this Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent.

--VocationNetwork.org special section on consecrated life, with parish resources, bulletin inserts, sample homilies, petitionary prayers, and more

Fact of the Week
The world has over 7,000 living languages.
Source: Ethnologue.com

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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...