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November 22, 2019

Daily Reflection for Friday, November 22, 2019
 
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112219.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Maccabees 4: 36-37, 52-59
Responsorial: Chronicles 29: 10BCD, 11ABC, 11D-12A, 12BCD
Gospel: Luke 19: 45-48

Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“Yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty; you are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor are from you.”     Chronicles 29:12A.

The Lord is sovereign.  Exalted as head over all.  In the simple language that I can understand, “God is in charge and God’s in control.”

After hearing Jesus say, “Peace be with you” and after doubting the resurrection and then upon witnessing face-to-face the risen Jesus, Thomas says, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus is Lord and Jesus is God!!

The statement from Thomas sounds kind of fundamental and blasé.  As Christians, we believe Jesus is Lord and Savior. But do we live that way?  Do we preach and practice the way of Jesus?

The reading from Chronicles reminds us that the Lord is sovereign.  The Lord rules over all.

The Gospel for today reminds us how Jesus, our Lord, our Savior, the Sovereign of all…knowing the consequences, knowing it would lead to His earthly death…went into the secular capital of His country, and to the most holy place, the Temple, and proceeded to drive out those who were turning “my house…into a den of thieves.”

Jesus, the Sovereign, the head over all…told us to “love one another”, and said “Peace be with you”, taught us the Beatitudes, and told us “blessed are… the poor in spirit…those who mourn… the meek…those who hunger for righteousness…the merciful…the clean of heart…the peacemakers…they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness… you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you…because of me”

Our God came to this earth to “bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives…to let the oppressed go free.”

Our Lord, our God, told us to love our enemies.   As followers of Christ Jesus, we must follow His words.  Jesus is our God. 

Don’t you just love Jesus? I do.  And I need to follow Him.

Peace and blessings,
Al Mytty

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