Saturday, November 17

A Rosary Meditation … The First Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection. In today’s Gospel reading, Matthew 25:31-40, Jesus talks about His second coming and the judgement that will take place at that time. He says “when the Son of man comes in His glory.” Which, if His listeners had thought about it, indicated something was going to change. At some point He would leave and then come back. Only things would be different then. He would come “in His glory”. When He said this there was very little glory evolved in walking dusty roads and eating with tax collectors while being followed around by lepers, both social and medical. At least not a glory immediately visible to the world at large. But showing up with angels? Setting on a glorious throne? Very visible. But something had to change and He had to leave and then come back. And this change, this leaving, began when? We could well pick Easter Sunday morning as a starting place. He came out of the tomb, His tomb, very much alive after having been very dead. And He was very changed. His flesh itself had been glorified and He now possessed a glorified body. He entered locked rooms, John 20:19, and changed His appearance at will, Mark 16:12. Big change. And He was leaving, John 16:7. All that’s left now is His return. But that Easter morning, the first one, the one that the psalmist spoke of, “This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and rejoice therein”, Psalm 118:24, this is a change not just for Him but for us as well. He had been promising His followers life, John 6, and He just walked away from His own grave PROVING that He could deliver. When we think about the Resurrection we ought, as His disciples, consider it a promissory note. He’ll come back. And when He does? There will be no more death, 1 Corinthians 15:54, no more tears, Revelation 21:4, the old way of things will be over and done with and all things, including you and me, will be made new, Revelation 21:5. We will be like Him because we see Him, 1 John 3:2. This is one of the things, one of the guarantees, that this Glorious Mystery holds for US.

Today … St. Anianus was a hermit who later became the bishop of Orleans. When Attila the Hun attacked Orleans he defended it, assisted by the Roman general Flavius Aetius. He died in 453. His remains are buried in the Church of St. Aiganan (an alternative spelling of his name) in Orleans. 1,559 years after his death and there is still a church dedicated to him and we still know where his body is buried. And all of this, the church, him, his memory, are kept with due honor and respect. Why? Seems like a lot of trouble over something and someone who doesn’t matter to the world now. (Consider, I said the “world”.) So, why? Easy. Because he is family, Ephesians 2:19, and when Jesus comes back so will he, Jude 1:14.

Mother Teresa said … “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

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