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Thanksgiving - USA

Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J.

“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17: 17-18) Ingratitude has been called “the most unkindest cut of all.” Yes, it is so easy to fall in love with the gift and forget all about the Giver; to admire a painting and never think of the painter; to enjoy music and never know the heart from which it came; to accept and love ourselves and not to care for the One from whom we came.

Christ The King - 34th Sunday C

Fr. Jude Botelho:

In the first reading from the Book of Samuel we hear that though David was anointed King, the northern tribes later acknowledged him as their king. Thus David became king of a united country. His kingship prefigured the universal kingship of Christ. The Church chose this passage not to let us know of a historical event, how David became king, but to stress two important qualities of Christ the King: Firstly, that Jesus our King is “one of us.” We are “your flesh and blood.” Secondly, that Christ is king not of just two of the twelve tribes, not of one nation but of all mankind.
Charles Miller in ‘Sunday preaching’

33rd Sunday C - Fighting Back or Falling back

Fr. Jude Botelho:

The community during prophet Malachi's time found it difficult to distinguish right from wrong anymore, since the faithless seemed to prosper and the faithful made to suffer more. Their frustration led them to wonder whether serving God was worthwhile. Malachi insists that evildoers will be punished on the Day of the Lord and the just will be the special possession of the Lord.  Their names will be written in the Book of remembrance. The righteous could look forward to vindication, healing, and the warmth of God's faithful love towards them. The just need to hold on and persevere in their faith, for God's justice will triumph and vindicate them.

32nd Sunday C - Mystery of Resurrection

From Fr. Jude Botelho:

The context of today’s first reading is the persecution by King Antiochus of the Jews because of their fidelity to their religion. In the past, the abstention from eating pork characterized one of the religious practices of the Jews. They were persecuted and forced to eat pork in public. In today’s reading we see the powerful witness that a family gives as they prefer to die rather than go against their faith. The motto of the religious Jew was: Death rather than going against God’s precepts and commandments. Their brave mother consoles and encourages her seven sons to go to their death rather than betray God. This is one of the first expressions in the Old Testament of belief in the personal resurrection.

Cockroach - Our Reactions

Sunder Pichai-Cockroach Theory -Don’t miss to read

A beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai - an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome:

The Broken Cutlery at the Store and Insurance

I was at the grocery store this morning and heard a loud crash and something shattering. Being nosy, I walked towards the sound and saw some people whispering and looking back to the end of the next aisle. When I walked down that aisle, I saw an older lady had hit a shelf containing dishes with her cart and many had fallen to the ground and broke. She was kneeling on the floor embarrassed, frantically picking up the shattered pieces, while her husband was peeling off the bar code from each broken dish saying “Now we will have to pay for all this!”

31st Sunday C - Zacchaeus

Fr. Jude Botelho:

Today’s first reading, from the Book of Wisdom, written a century before Christ points out that salvation doesn’t necessarily come primarily only to those who are focused against sin, which is negative, but to those who are open to God’s love, which is positive. It puts everything into proper perspective. Before the Lord the whole universe is as a grain on a scale, very small and insignificant, or as the morning dew. On the other hand, God is almighty and all powerful. Yet this mighty God cares and is concerned not only about the universe but also about each and every one of us and is merciful towards us. He gently corrects us and leads us from evil back to him. How do we respond to this great love? In the words of the psalmist we say: ‘I will bless your name forever more.’