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dc.contributor.authorFurlong, Bethen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 215en_US
dc.description.abstractThe First Reading and the Gospel capture my attention as I write this on December 21 - because my best friend, Pat Ehrhart, died one week ago. We had a friendship that spanned three and half decades.|Pat lived the message of love found in the First Reading. At the evening memorial liturgy, several of her children shared stories of her. All of them, in some way, focused on her great love of them and of others. They included a short video clip of an interview the family had conducted with Pat on her understanding of God and God's love - her taped comments would constitute a 21st century version of this First Reading. She 'got it.' She understood that God was about love; and, that what we need to be about is to love. She absolutely consistently understood the unconditional love of God for each person; and, she lived that understanding with all who came into her circle of life.|"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me ... " Pat understood that, i.e., that the Spirit of the Lord is upon each of us. We are to continue living that Spirit. And, she did. She served in many capacities to 'bring glad tidings to the poor' with her service with the poor during her life. She 'proclaimed liberty to captives' as she was tenacious in her nursing care of and advocacy for individuals with mental illnesses. She worked to unleash their captivity to stigmatized illnesses in our society and to educate future generations of nursing students to best care for them. Pat worked at 'letting the oppressed go free.' When the oppressed were Cuban refugees re-settling in this country, she was an important leader in Omaha, Nebraska. When the oppressed were Mexican migrant farmworkers with a right to just wages, housing, and work conditions, she led Omaha efforts in the Cesar Chavez boycotts. When the oppressed were women abused by their husbands, she welcomed them and their children into her home - in a time before there were shelters.| Who are the Pat's in your world? Who loves unconditionally? Who exudes the Spirit of the Lord? Who is bringing 'glad tidings to the poor'? Who is proclaiming 'liberty to the captives'? Who is letting the 'oppressed go free'? Are you moving in the direction of being a Pat?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.other3rd Week of Christmasen_US
dc.titleReflection for January 7, 2010: Thursday after Epiphany.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.program.unitHealth Policy and Ethicsen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorFurlong, Elizabeth A.en_US After Epiphanyen_US
dc.subject.local11 John 4:19-5:4en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 72:1-2, 14, 15bc, 17en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 4:14-22aen_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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