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dc.contributor.authorSchuler, Jeanneen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 17en_US
dc.description.abstract|One Holy Family|"Pray to God that I truly be the brother (and sister) of all."  Blessed Charles de Foucauld|God so loved the world.  What greater love than to be one with us down to the tight fist of a newborn child.  You too entered history helpless and dependent on the care of others.  We are first loved through bloody tissue, feedings, soothing words, the warmth of bodies bringing comfort and delight.  How did love so embodied produce beings who are tempted by fantastic notions like the self-made man? |In Hebrews, Paul calls faith "the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen" (11:1).  Abram hears words in a vision.  He pleads for a child and God listens.  Simeon and Anna beg God for a glimpse or sign.  God responds to the yearning of these righteous elders.  In the temple they encounter the child and realize that God's promise is kept.|To modern ears, faith suggests a plunge into darkness.  A loss of friction with what is real.  We know that words are cheap.  Threats and ridicule stream in from all sides.  What words do we heed?  Whom do we trust?  We know that what is holy is not for sale.  Faith moves quietly.  First we hear "fear not."  Like Abram we learn to listen.  In the concrete realities of daily life God's spirit is felt.  We are not alone.  To trust God is no leap into the abyss.  In ordinary ways You are already present.  When we call, You answer.|In family we learn our worth.  Some must search for the family that knows how to love.  In being loved we heal, face our demons, and are set free.  We uncover the beauty that dwells within imperfection.  How we are not measured by our achievements.  How each catches the light in her own irreplaceable way.   How God finds us in our struggles to be faithful and forgiving.|In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis shows how love moves us into the world, if we let it.  In scripture we connect to ancestors like Abraham, whose descendants exceed the starry night.  We find our sisters crowded into refugee camps; our brother is chased on his bike and shot like an animal.  What is learned in family will expand for those open to the labor of love.  We honor family, church, and nation … but love rejects a "culture of walls."en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherFeast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelisten_US
dc.titleReflection for Sunday, December 27, 2020: Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitPhilosophy Departmenten_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchuler, Jeanne A.en_US of Christmasen_US
dc.subject.local1Sirach 3:3-7,14-17aen_US
dc.subject.local1Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3 (option)en_US
dc.subject.local11 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28 (option)en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (option)en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10 (option)en_US
dc.subject.local3Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17en_US
dc.subject.local31 John 3:1-2, 21-24 (option)en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40 (option)en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 2:41-52 (option)en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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