The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

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We’re thinking about prophecy and proclamation today, especially in the first reading and the Gospel.

Christian churches seem to have a split personality in this regard. Either we’re reserved and humble, or over-the-top Evangelical. I find that Catholics trend toward the former. Which is in my comfort zone as an introvert.

But there are things that I’m very passionate about, where I’m constantly thinking and talking about it.

Why do I struggle with doing this in my faith?

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The Eucharist

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How wonderful that Pope Saint John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries to our Rosary in 2002! Of course, on Corpus Christi Sunday, it’s so appropriate to focus on the institution of the source and summit of our faith.

That all sounds well and good, but some Christians might find it strange that we seem to maybe be putting the Eucharist ahead of Jesus Himself.

But that’s not what we’re doing at all.

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Crowning with thorns

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Holy week begins today. The most holy time of our entire year.

When I think about Jesus’ passion, the crown of thorns seems to be unbelievably cruel. The whole event is unfathomable, of course, but this hits my heart in a special way.

I think it came from portrayals I’ve seen in movies and plays. Can you imagine the pain involved with penetrating the skin on your head? I’ve whacked my head many times during my lifetime, and I see stars.

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