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Sunday Reflection for November 29, 2015
First Sunday of Advent
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Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are coming when all the promises of the heavens will be fulfilled.
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 The humble servant of God seeks the path of kindness and constancy.
1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2 When Jesus returns, love will be the measure of our readiness to greet him.
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 To anyone paying attention, the day of the Lord can be no surprise.

1st Sunday of Advent


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Comings and goings
The beginning of something new always feels suspiciously like the end of the world. That was how each new school year affected me as a kid: like the death of another wonderful, liberating summer. Each birthday reminds us we’ll never be 10, 20, 50 again. What will we be is yet to be seen, but we know for sure the old year’s gone for good. Jesus has been announcing Kingdom Coming from the start of his ministry, way back ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for November 27, 2015
History has many faces

As the church year winds down, we view history through the lens of apocalypse. Produced two centuries before Jesus, the book of Daniel reflects a community weary of foreign rule. Unable to liberate themselves, citizens of Israel hoped for God’s final liberation. Today we commemorate Native American Heritage Day, honoring the contributions, sacrifices, and cultural legacy of this land’s original peoples. Our shared past is full of painful memories, but our future can be one of respect and courageous dialogue. 

Today's readings:Daniel 7:2-14; Luke 21:29-33 (507). 
“His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away.”

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World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, November 29, 2015

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» Tensions rise in Mideast conflict – In the first reading this Sunday the Lord promises to raise up a “just shoot” for David, one who “shall do what is right and just in the land.” The Turkish government claimed a Russian jet was . . . More...
» A child is born—and abandoned – As we enter the Advent season, thoughts turn to the approaching arrival of the Christ child. For one New York City church, however, a child has already arrived. A newborn baby boy . . . More...
» Chicago cop faces murder charge – This Sunday’s second reading exhorts listeners “to conduct yourselves [in such a manner as] to please God.” The conduct of a white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times . . . More...
» Leave the Costco chicken salad aside – “Be vigilant at all times,” Jesus advises in this Sunday’s gospel about an impending time of suffering. Federal health officials are encouraging the public to be vigilant to avoid suffering the effects of deadly E. coli bacteria as they investigate an outbreak that has sickened 19 people . . . More...
» Homily story of the week – I was terrified to start my first year of high school. While I was excited about the prospect of learning, I was afraid to go forward alone. My classmates from grammar school were attending a different high school. I wasn’t sure how I’d make it without the friends . . . More...
Quote of the Week

"No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do."

Fact of the Week

Total global military expenditure has risen from US $1.14 trillion in 2001 to US $1.711 trillion in 2014, a rise of 50 percent. Military expenditure in the Middle East has grown from US $99 to US $173 billion during the same period, a rise of 75 percent.

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...