Posted by: frburke23 | November 24, 2016

Thought for Friday, 34th Week of Ordinary Time

LUKE 21:29-33
Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”
Please keep in prayer our “WHO WILL FILL THESE SHOES?” event at the Cathedral of St. Raymond on Friday. It runs from 8am – 3pm. We have invited young men and their parents to come and learn more about the priesthood and see if the Lord is calling them to fill the shoes of our past and current priests. I would appreciate you surrounding us in prayer during this time. The day will include Mass, a SKYPE call with Bishop Conlon, Holy Hour, lunch and talks from priests, seminarians and parents of seminarians. We will conclude the day with basketball for those who want to play.
This is Black Friday, but it has become Black Thursday also as stores are opening during dinner time of Thanksgiving, when families should be gathered together to give thanks for the many blessings in their lives. This is a time that commercials tell us that we cannot be happy without this perfect gift. We want to offer an alternative to Black Friday to spend the day with the Men in Black, our priests and seminarians.
In the Gospel today Jesus is encouraging us to pay attention to the signs around us. We know that spring is in the air when the trees start to bloom. We know that winter is around the corner when the leaves and snow begin to fall. The Kingdom of God is among us also. Do we notice the signs around us?
As we come to the end of this liturgical year (Advent starts this weekend), we are called to reflect on the end times and our own mortality. The Lord invites us to trust in Him completely. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” We cannot put our ultimate trust and hope in things of the earth. Everything here will pass away one day.
I remember traveling to Rome and seeing the ancient ruins. I am sure they never thought that these buildings would be “ancient ruins” one day. The beautiful buildings around us today may be “ancient ruins” one day in the future. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” What kind of legacy do I want to leave on this earth? Do I want to be known as someone who loved generously? Or do I want to be remembered as someone who worked too much and had no time for the people around him/her?
Do I trust Jesus completely?
Am I prepared if the Lord were to come for me today?
How am I preparing for the beginning of Advent?
Have a blessed day,
Fr. Burke

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