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The Eschaton is here!

A relfection for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A. The readings are Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14 and Matthew 24:37-44.

We begin the season of Advent and very often – especially this year – the readings are all about the eshcaton. Haven’t you heard of the eschaton? It is not a pre-historic monster that lurks in the depths of the ocean. The eschaton is a Greek word that refers to the end of times. You may have heard the word ‘eschatology’ or about things that are ‘eschatological’ – that’s ‘cause they have to do with the end times.

That’s what Jesus is talking about today in the Gospel. He has just told the disciples about the destruction of the Temple and they want to know when that’s going to happen. He doesn’t tell them when it’s going to happen, but he goes into a long speech about paying attention to signs and that there will be wars and earthquakes and famines and that when they see these things happen they should flee to the hills. And then He tells them that it will be like in the days of Noah, and that is the Gospel that that is read today. It doesn’t sound so ominous if we only hear what is in the Gospel today, but if you put it in context with what Jesus has just finished saying, it’s easy to see why over the centuries, people have thought that Jesus is talking about the end of the world. Read more…

Jesus Christ is King!

 reflection for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C. The readings are Samuel 7:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20 and Luke 23:35-43.

Mosaic of Christ Pantokrator, Basilica Saint Paul Beyond Walls, Rome.Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, but before we talk about what it means that Jesus is king, let me ask you a few questions.

  • Who is the king of the jungle?
  • Who is the king of rock n roll?
  • Who is the king of pop?
  • Who is the king of the NBA?
  • Who is the king of soccer? (Answers below*)

Who is the King of the Jews? Who is the King of Heaven? Who is the King of all Creation? Who is the King of Kings? Who is the King of Life?

Who is the King of your life?

If you answered ‘Jesus’ to these last questions, you are correct.

Except, I don’t know about you, but even though I want Jesus to be the King of my life, I don’t know if I always act like it.

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Be Persistent; Not Annoying!

A reflection for the 29th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings are Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm: 12; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 and Luke 18:1-8.

About two years ago, I was home in Panama and I had rented a car to go to a Charismatic Youth Gathering. It was a wonderful weekend – very Spirit-filled. A lot of Faith. I don’t know what I was thinking on my way back, but I was probably on a bit of a high. If Jesus came back to earth, He would find Faith on earth. I had just experienced it.

As I approached the city, I had to go through a check point. Now, you know when you see a check point, you have to go through. You can’t turn around. The mostly wave you on, but as I approached, I knew. As soon as I saw him, he made eye contact with me and I knew.

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Put Your Trust in Him

 A reflection for the19th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings are Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalm 33; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 and Luke 12:32-48.

Let me begin by quoting the first thing that Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel:

“Do not be afraid any longer little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”

Read it again: “Your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.” Do you believe that? Do you really believe that God will give you the Kingdom?

Most of us don’t.

Not really.

Because it’s hard to believe all these promises. It’s hard to believe that they are for me.

Do you really believe Jesus when He says that God will give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:32)? Do you believe Jesus when He says that everything you ask in His name, the Father will give you (John 14:13-16)? Do you believe Him when He says that He will be with us always until the end of time (Matthew 28:20)?

We don’t really – we are like the servant in the Gospel who doesn’t really think that the Master is going to return any time soon. Read more…