St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

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Oh, the fickleness of the human heart!

We hear once again Jesus saying: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Then Luke adds: “All spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.” I think that Luke was exaggerating when he said “all” for all immediately some in the crowd were suspicious of the hometown boy made good. “Isn’t the son of Joseph?” What is he doing attributing the description of the Messiah in Isaiah to himself?

Jesus doesn’t help matters any by pointing out that foreigners rather the residents of Israel were singled out for miracles in the past. The result? The “all spoke highly of him” becomes “they were all filled with fury”, drove him out of the town and wanted to kill him.

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What if the wise men were wise women instead?

First of all, they would have gotten directions before setting off from the East and before arriving in Jerusalem; which means they would be in Bethlehem assisting in the birth of the baby. Then they probably would have cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought more practical gifts like diapers, baby wipes, and a binky.

But they were men undertaking a journey in search of something, of someone. And, in the end, they found him!

We, too, are on a journey, a journey called life. What or for whom are you searching? Have you’ve thought beyond social survival or success? Do you actively seek out God in your lives? Or do you coast along, waiting for God to get your attention in some sort of dramatic way?

What or for whom are you searching? I pray that you will find what you’re looking for at the end of your journey.

When we think of the Holy Family, we think of an ideal family whose supposed peaceful and holy life bears little resemblance of our own family life. But the Scriptures tell us a different story.

And it starts right from the beginning with Mary’s miraculous pregnancy. In Matthew’s Gospel, it was completely unexpected to Joseph whose shock led him to contemplate divorcing her.  In Luke’s Gospel Joseph and Mary had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, not an easy trip under the best of circumstances, but Mary is expecting and soon after they arrived she gave birth. The story continues in

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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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