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This is the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
The word for the week is: "Passion"

Today in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus asks us to not waste
our time on things that are not important.
Rather focus on our "Passions" of life.
Those things that are truly important to us.



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Creeping Christmas?

By Bill Crowde

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! —2 Corinthians 9:15

I love Christmas. The celebration of the birth of Christ and the beauty and wonder of the season make it “the most wonderful time of the year” for me. In recent years, however, the season has been accompanied by a growing irritation. Every year “Christmas stuff” comes out earlier and earlier—creeping all the way back to early fall.

Christmas used to be limited to December, but now we find radio stations playing Christmas music in early November. Stores start advertising Christmas specials in October, and Christmas candy appears in late September. If we’re not careful, this growing deluge can numb us—even sour us to what should be a season of gratitude and awe.

When that irritation begins to rise in my spirit, I try to do one thing: Remember. I remind myself what Christmas means, who Jesus is, and why He came. I remember the love and grace of a forgiving God who sent us rescue in the Person of His Son. I remember that, ultimately, only one gift really matters—God’s “indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15). I remember that the salvation Christ came to provide is both the gift and the Giver all wrapped up in one.

Jesus is our life all year long, and He is the greatest wonder. “O come, let us adore Him!”

Living God, I thank You for the unspeakable gift
of Your Son. Draw my heart to Your own, that my
worship to and gratitude for Your Son will never be
diminished by the distractions of the world around me.

Jesus is our life throughout the year.

Insight

In today’s passage, Paul explains that our salvation is the work of our triune God. First, “God sent forth His Son” (v.4). Second, Jesus came to accomplish our redemption—setting us free from the bondage of the law—and to secure our adoption, making us sons of God and enabling us to enjoy the full privileges as God’s children (v.5). Third, God gave us the Holy Spirit—“the Spirit of His Son,” who endears and enables us to cry out “Abba, Father!” (v.6). The work all three persons of the Holy Trinity did to secure our salvation is also explained by Paul in Ephesians 1:3-14 and by Peter in 1 Peter 1:2. Jesus spoke of this as well
(John 14:16-18,23-26; 15:26).

 

 

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Something to make you think:

BORGS
++++++++

I looked around the restaurant. There were five tables counting 
mine within my vision. At every table, (my table was the 
exception) there was at least one person on a cell phone.

I thought as I surveyed the scene, "Is this what we've come to; 
permanently tethered to an invisible electronic line?" 

Are we so caught up that we can't even eat without being 
involved with some electronic device?"

What a shame. What have we digressed to? Are we becoming like 
the Star Trek Borg creatures? Creatures who could not exist 
without being electronically tied into the collective.

I was so disturbed by the thought that I just refused to 
witness it any further.

Somebody had to take a stand!

So I closed up my notebook computer and walked out.

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