St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Who’s missing from the account of the visitation?: ----- The person who accompanied Mary on the walk to the hill country of Judea! Ann and Joachim, being good and protective parents, wouldn’t let their only child, a young teenage girl, go it alone.  The person would have to a strong male in case they ran into robbers or had some emergency. Joseph wouldn’t do because, although engaged to Mary, they hadn’t lived together in his house, an obvious sign they were married. And that would not be, as it were, kosher. Who would they get?

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Wait a minute! What’s all this talk in Luke’s Gospel (Lk. 21:25-28, 34-36) about signs in the heavens, the moon, sun and stars, people frightened to death, and nations being perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the crashing of waves?

Are we preparing for Christmas? Well, yeah ------ and no.

We will celebrate Christmas when it comes again, but we also awaiting Christ’s coming in glory, a second coming which inaugurates God’s Kingdom.

That is what we pray for in the Our Father every time we say “thy Kingdom come”. We are praying for the end of the world as we know it. Think about that for a moment.

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As we celebrate this Feast of Christ the King, we take a look at his kingdom, a strange kingdom, far different from those about which we read in history books, legends, or fairy tales.

In his kingdom there is no room for domination, violence or economic exploitation.

The kingdoms of this world are all about domination, fear, violence, and exploitation, both economic and of persons.

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You could feel the excitement as the disciples and a sizable crowd was following Jesus on the way to Jerusalem. They were expecting a kingdom. Jesus knew he was facing the cross.

You can imagine the people crowding around Jesus, pushing and shoving so that they could hear him if he spoke. You can imagine the disciples shielding him from the crush of the crowd and at the same time guarding their place next to him. You’ve seen something like that before: a security detail, eyes alert for any suspicious person or action.

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Suppose you are talking to a boss, a friend, or a team worker. At the end of the conversation after you have gotten a list of duties, favors or requirements, the person says: "Oh, one more thing. Could you please.?" That "one more thing" is generally harder than all the rest.
 
That's the situation in today's Gospel. The young man was in a a conversation with Jesus, and innocently asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?"
 
Jesus told him, "You don't have to do anything to inherit eternal life. Simply avoid doing things, like killing, adultery, stealing, lying, defrauding, being disrespectful, or anything else that would muddy the focus of leading a life pleasing to God." But the young man protests. "I've done all that! Is there more?" Looking at him with love, Jesus gives the young man an answer. "There's one more thing: don't let your riches get in the way. Sell all you have; give to the poor. Come, follow me."
 
What's the "one more thing" that I or you must do to inherit eternal life?

-Fr. Sas, October 11 Homily
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

The word "crisis" is often tossed around in news reports. Saturday's morning paper had a story of the financial crisis in China causing a crisis on Wall Street and other markets across the globe. There is a refugee crisis in Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, and Italy. In our own country there's an immigration crisis and a political one in the Republican and Democratic Parties, with all kinds of candidates vying for recognition 15 months before the election. Our personal lives may be filled with crises as well, including everything from health problems to, for those lucky enough, bad hair days.

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