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dc.contributor.authorPurcell, Tomen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 202en_US
dc.description.abstractStrains of Christmas carols pleasantly intrude without invitation as I pause in my process of bringing a semester to conclusion. I read, and re-read, and reflect on today's readings. Familiar story, the purification in the temple. What must it have meant to Simeon to be blessed by the presence of his Lord! It is hard to imagine the longing, the aching desire for fulfillment, that those who waited for the coming of the Messiah endured. We have difficulty appreciating the long view in our modern society. I recall my childhood, and that of my children, when it seemed that the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas lasted for an eternity. And today, I find myself reacting with impatience when our internet browser at home doesn't open as quickly as the one here at work. Christmas is but a few days past and already many of us are removing reminders and changing faces for the next mini-phase of our lives. What a debt of gratitude we owe to those faithful ones who for centuries kept alive the beliefs that ultimately led to the life of Jesus. I thank God for their resoluteness.|While the actual passages from John's first epistle are not as familiar as the presentation story, the message is - walk the talk, show me, just do it. It is hard to improve on the fundamental reality that authenticity requires action consonant with beliefs. This is true for individuals and institutions. Whenever I confront a call to challenge my steadfastness, I welcome it for the opportunity it gives me to consider the current direction of my life. It is so easy to envelop ourselves in righteousness while we interpose callousness between our hearts and the call we receive from Jesus. John reminds us this is simple, and not new - love our brother. This isn't a conditional message, nor one with a hidden meaning. It is clear and direct. This is the hardest thing I do in my life, and frequently I don't do it well. I thank God for the grace of reflecting on how to do more, and ask for the resolve to follow my heart and not my head.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.titleReflection for Tuesday, December 29, 1998: Fifth day in the Octave of Christmas.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Business Administrationen_US
dc.program.unitHeider College of Businessen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorPurcell, Thomas J., IIIen_US of Christmasen_US
dc.subject.local11 John 2:3-11en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 2:22-35en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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