Saturday, November 24

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Decent of the Holy Spirit. A small group of people, just 120, having just been traumatized by the brutal murder of their Leader and then renewed in mind and spirit by His miraculous return to life, waits. He told them to. You know, if I saw someone dead and buried and alive again and they told me to do something like wait, well, I’d wait. In todays Gospel reading, Luke 20:27-40, the Sadducees came to Jesus with what they thought was an unanswerable question about the afterlife. They believed that when you die you’re dead and that’s it. Rewards and punishments? What you get in the here and now is what you get. For them this life was all of life. They made a tactical error, without knowing it, when they went to Jesus with their oh so smart thought process. Kind of hard to best the Author of Life, Life itself, in a debate about life. Some folks are too smart for their own good. They outsmart themselves and show their ignorance all at the same time. We all have questions about life and death, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. We can learn a lot from the silliness of the Sadducees. It’s ok to ask questions, but lets not do what they did and come up with our own oh so smart answers before we hear His. Because when you talk about living and dying its best to go to the Source and to remember that He has personal experience. Life? Death? He’s been there and done that. John 10:10b. And what were they, the 120, waiting for? The Spirit of Life. And because they waited and because He came to them the Church has been a living body for nearly 2,000 years now. And by His grace and power she still despences life via life-giving sacraments. It’s about life and living. Mothers give life. The decent of the Holy Spirit? Its one reason why we call her Holy Mother Church.

Today … St. Bieuzy. One thing and only one thing is all we need to know about this good saint. He died a martyr. Do you think martyrs give up life any more easily than the rest of us? Have you ever seen someone dying struggle to take one more breath? No one dies easily. But those who die willingly do it for one reason. They know Life by Name.

Think … No one who knows the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE will ever really know death. Will they not die? Of course they’ll die. But from a very personal standpoint they will never know death. Again, John 10:10b.

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