November 25, 2014

Nov. 25

November 25, 2014:  Tuesday, 34th week, Ordinary Time
St. Catherine of Alexandria

  • 'Crowns' tie:  Son of man wore gold crown (1st reading); "The Lord is king" (psalm)
  • 'Angel' pin:  An angel cried out, “Reap; the time has come.” (1st reading)
  • 'Grapes' pin:  “Cut the clusters from the vines, for its grapes are ripe.” (1st reading)
  • 'Scales of justice' pin:  The Lord comes to judge the earth (psalm)
  • 'Tree' pin:  The trees of the forest shall exult. (psalm)
  • 'Ruler' suspenders:  The Lord shall rule with justice (psalm)
  • 'Clock' tie bar:  The time is coming when stones will be thrown down (gospel)
  • Red in shirt:  martyrdom of St. Catherine

  • Rv 14:14-19  There was a white cloud, and sitting on it one like a son of man, crowned, sickle in hand.  An angel cried out, “Reap the harvest!”  Another cried out in a loud voice, “Use your sickle and cut the clusters from the vines.”....
    'Sickle' from today's readings
  • Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13  "The Lord comes to judge the earth."  Say, The Lord is king; he governs with equity.  Rejoice; he'll rule with justice.
  • Lk 21:5-11  “The days will come when all the stones will be thrown down.” / “When?  And what sign will there be? / “Don't be deceived; many will say, ‘I am he,’ but don't follow them.  Don't be terrified of wars/insurrections; they must happen.  There will be earthquakes,  famines, and signs from the sky.” 

  • Creighton:  The first reading talks about a King that harvests the earth; the psalm says the Lord is King, ruling with justice.  Jesus tells his disciples the upcoming war, chaos, insurrections, famine, plagues, and earthquakes isn't the last word.  Martyrs live by that, with active faith, not paralyzed by fear, knowing God's kingdom starts here.
  • One Bread One Body:  Live, die, and face the end of the world unafraid, conquering fear by love (1 Jn 4:18), complete commitment.  Love will crowd out fear.
  • Passionist:  St. Catherine of Alexandria:  learned, convert, preacher, patroness of philosophers, preachers, and young unmarried women.
Jerusalem temple, 40+ years in the making, was a wonder of the world; its destruction (by fire, AD 70) was beyond imagination:  people turned to cannibalism; over a million perished; almost 100K were taken captive. / Jesus:  don't be misled, follow false prophets, or fear; know God and justice will triumph.
  •  Jesus' prophecy of the destruction of the Jerusalem temple pointed to both judgment and mercy.  We need to recognize the signs of God's judgment, mercy, and grace.  Accept God's invitation to seek his kingdom of righteousness and peace.

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