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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 00:00

Wednesday, Week XXIX, Ordinary Time

You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. (Lk 12:39-48)

I grew up in a church that seemed to love scaring people into being good with talk about the “end of the world.” There were so many sermons about the end times . . . you wouldn’t believe the number of sermons I heard on the European Common Market being the “beast” of the Book of Revelation. The gospel according to Luke tries to put an end to such distracting speculation. The church is in for the long haul. We don’t need to worry about the “when” of the end of the world (as my grandmother would say, “The world ends everyday when someone dies!”) . . . Luke’s gospel reminds us that it’s important that we stay busy doing the Lord’s work.

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