Gospel November 29, 2020

Today, we begin the First Sunday of Advent which is the beginning of a new liturgical year. Today’s first reading from “Third Isaiah” deals with a very difficult time in Israel’s history: their return from the Babylonian exile. When the exiles return, they find their land has been stolen, and Jerusalem, including the Temple, has been destroyed. The Israelites struggled to rebuild their lives and Temple. The prophet Isaiah lamenting a prayer of frustration directed to God. Let us listen to what Isaiah has to say to his grieving and struggling people. 

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Gospel November 22, 2020

Today the whole Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel images God as a Good Shepherd caring for his sheep. After the fall of Jerusalem, those still alive are taken into exile in Babylon. During their time in exile, the people had no shepherds, no leaders. Ezekiel, a prophet also in exile, tells his people that God alone is personally responsible to take care of his flock. God will tend to them, rescue them, pasture them, and give them rest. God will find the sheep that are lost and bring them back. God will bring order to God’s flock. Therefore, the Good Shepherd protects his sheep with strength, compassion, discipline, and love.  

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Gospel November 15, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of Proverbs. These verses give us an example of a prudent, competent, and faithful wife who is well known and praised for her abilities in serving her family and others. A worthy wife, Proverbs says, “is far beyond the price of pearls”. She is hardworking, mainly for her family, but “she also reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.” Her value is not in her charm or her beauty but in her wisdom, in her awareness of where the real priorities in life lie.

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