by Phyllis Chandler, Notre Dame Associate
“Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”
In our readings for Sunday, we see a number of references to giving thanks. The second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians encourages us to “give thanks to the Father.” The Responsorial Psalm also reminds us “to give thanks.”
During the coming week, we prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving. Although it is not a religious holiday, it always gives us a special opportunity to reflect on and express gratitude for all our blessings.
In the Sunday liturgy, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King as we end another church year and begin preparations for Advent and the coming of Christmas. Our readings focus on Jesus, King of the Universe. While we celebrate the kingship of Jesus, the gospel recounts the crucifixion and Our Lord’s promise to the “good” thief that he would be in Paradise with Jesus. As we recount our blessings, let us give thanks especially for the gift of salvation purchased for us through the death of Jesus.
During this coming week, pause each day and give thanks to God for at least one blessing you have received during the past year.
by Rod & Connie Determan, Notre Dame Associates
The readings over the past couple of weeks have been deep in meaning. It would be easy to take the message of the gospel and feel like this is our world today: wars, famines, earthquakes, and hatred. There seems to be so much hatred and divisiveness in our world.
But Jesus teaches us to not be terrified and continue to lean on Him. We continue to sing praise to the Lord so we can continue to find Him in our every day. Seek gratitude in everything we do – He is present in our lives working everyday miracles. He will keep His promise “a hair of your head shall not perish”. He will give us wisdom – keep looking to Him and keep Him close to your hearts.
by Cindy Wenninghoff, Notre Dame Associate
How can we live for heaven – in a world where we are so busy? Busy with work, and meetings, and a society that tells us all the things we “need”, and judges our way of life, making us unsure. How can we keep our focus on Christ’s resurrection with its promise of eternal life? How to find the time to spend with God, to know that we can put all our trust in Him. In the first reading, the brothers show complete faith in the world to come, they understand that God’s kingdom is not here on earth and they willingly die for this promise of heaven. This reading reminds us to take time to look at our day to day life.
Not many are called to be martyrs of the faith, but we are called to sacrifice in our own way, to keep our focus not in today’s world but in the world to come. It may be a need to sacrifice more for our family, or more in prayer, or in our generosity to the poor, or in our work. But we can take comfort that each sacrifice we make will lead us to an eternal, joyful relationship with God.
by Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND
The Gospel message for the past Sunday conjures up within one some questions about how we look for Jesus and why. Sometimes one may feel like Zacchaeus, trying to see Jesus from a distance because one isn’t worthy to come closer.
Maybe our lack of concern for another, our selfish ways, no time for prayer etc. can keep us at a distance and prevent us from revealing oneself.
Somehow Jesus always finds us and wants to come to our hearts. We share our burdens and what do we promise?