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Statue at Upper Entrance to Gate of Heaven Cemetery 2006
August 27, 2015

Thursday in the 21st Week of the Church Year

by Daniel Thomas Op
Thursday in the 21st Week of the Church Year Saint for the day: Monica (322?-387) 1st Thessalonians 3:7-13 Psalm 90 Matthew 24:42-51 "Stay awake for you do not know when the son of Man will come." None of us knows the hour or time of our death but most of us live our lives – especially in our prime years – as if that time is far off in the distance. Jesus reminds us over and over that that day… Read more...

 

Monday in the 3rd week of Easter

Saint for the day: St. George & the dragon (c. 300?)

Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

Acts 6:8-15

Psalm 119

John 6:22-29

“Do not work for the food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life.”

 In these coming days we will continue to hear from the Gospel of John the section called “The Bread of Life discourse.” And we will be reminded – as the hymn says, “Look beyond the bread you eat. See your savior and your God.”

Jesus is trying to get his followers to seek more than just a bread that feeds for today but does nothing for tomorrow.

If we always come to Jesus looking for our needs to be met we are calling ourselves his beggars not his brothers and sisters – God’s beggars not God’s children. We’ll say more about this later.

Today and tomorrow our readings from the Acts of the Apostles gives us the account of the martyrdom of Stephen and we’d have to be blind not to see how this event connects up with what the disciples experienced when they were brought before the Sanhedrin, and how both events mirror the interrogation of Jesus on the same issues. Jesus is condemned to death; the disciples are flogged and sent away with a warning not to preach about Jesus; Stephen – looking up to heaven appears to have the face of an angel - is stoned to death and echoes Jesus words on the Cross: “into your hands, Oh Lord, I commend my spirit.” And the ultimate plea: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

I have to admit that I’m not sure how I would respond if “pushed to the wall” and challenged to attest my faith in Jesus and I have to ask myself, “what does it take to be a saint. If people looked intently at me, would they see my face as that of an angel? Or, as G.K. Chesterton says, “If you were arrested today for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Jesus gives us his Bread of Life and our participation in Eucharistic Celebrations should be having some life changing effects in our lives. “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. But only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

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