As a child, I grew up with the idea that God acted through miracles in the world. If He wanted me to have a bike, then one would just magically show up one day.
Because God can do that.
Since then, I’ve learned that God’s gifts and presence come primarily through peoples’ actions. Our priest is an obvious choice, but most of God’s actions show up just through my daily random encounters.
But this presents me with a huge challenge!
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“To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor, glory and might,
forever and ever.”
— Rev 5:13
This is about God, the universe, and all of humanity. Not only humanity, actually, but all of creation.
It’s all about the great gifts we’ve been given. So glory and honor and blessing are our appropriate response.
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But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me has not been ineffective. — 1 Cor 15:10
It’s a challenge to let God work in my life. And I realize that this is a common journey for most everyone. We want to be in control.
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The kings of the earth shall bow before Him. All the nations shall sing His praises.
I’m not sure I see that happening. But I imagine that it’s because I don’t see things in God’s timeline or through His eyes.
All I can do is to get the ball rolling on my end. By praising Him every day of my life.
Today is the culmination of our Church Year, the feast of Christ the King.
It doesn’t seem that we relate much to monarchy in this country, so the concept of “King” seems distant, even quaint. It’s more like putting our Lord up on a pedestal of glory and honor.
Which is fine, I suppose, but it doesn’t really grab me. It might even cause me to distance myself from Christ.
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I’ve realized that many of our prayers are asking God for something. Or Mary, or Jesus, or Joseph, or St. Michael the Archangel.
But here we have this unique celebration to … just say thank you. Not to ask for more. Or to have God fix things for us.
I need to switch that up!
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We’re nudging up towards the end of the Church year – just a few weeks away!
Our readings today talk about the end times:
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.
“But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.”
— Daniel 12:2-3
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I am immortal.
Oh, sure, I’ll die from this life, but the important thing is that my immortal soul will live forever. In heaven with God, I hope, but forever either way.
That’s why my choices in this life are so incredibly important.
The decision I get to make in this life is deceptively simple: Continue reading “Ever shall be”
When we talk about the Trinity, we have a customary order. Father first. Son second. Holy Spirit third.
I’m wondering if there’s a deeper reason for this.
I’ve heard that it might have something to do with the Son proceeding from the Father, while the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Maybe just me, but that doesn’t seem like a compelling reason. I might use that logic to reverse the order, as I did in the first sentence of this paragraph.
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I’ve been confused about this for decades. Why do we declare: as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end?
First, we believe that our world will come to an end. At the Second Coming.
Second, that phrase doesn’t exist in the Latin version. Et in saecula saeculorum means something like for a really really long time. We have a perfectly good phrase for it in English: forever and ever.
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