November 20: Thursday of Week 33 of Ordinary Time, Year A-II:
Revelation 5:1-10; Psalm 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9; Luke 19:41-44
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Thoughts to help us take responsibility as stewards of the kingship of Christ.
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No Search For Meaning
“If this day you only knew…” (Luke 19:41).
Recognized or not, it is hard to live on this earth and not know what life is all about.
I am writing from Sweden, where everyone we meet is kind and friendly, and almost nobody goes to church. We ate today with an unchurched son of atheists, whose compassionate love for others testifies he will live forever in heaven. But anxiety keeps him awake at night. He is lost. He doesn’t see the whole picture. He said, “It must be nice to believe.”
The reading from Revelation says Jesus is “worthy to receive the scroll and break open its seals.” Jesus has the right to reveal the future and the meaning of life, because he is responsible for both.
Jesus is “the firstborn of all creation… in him all things hold together… and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things… by making peace through the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:13).
We know why we are on earth: Jesus has “made us kings and priests to our God” to establish the reign of God’s truth and love in every human heart on the planet. We may not know how to do that, but at least we know what life is all about. Our search is for means, not for meaning.
It is nice to know.
PRAY: “Lord, live and reign in me and through me.”
PRACTICE: Keep your focus. Work for the goal.