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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.” (Wisdom 11:22-23)

As I begin to write this reflection, I am waiting for an airplane in the busyness of a large metropolitan airport. I marvel at the miracle of air flight, something I almost take for granted or complain about when there is a glitch. My blasé attitude is in direct contrast to the insight expressed by the author of the book of Wisdom. How different was our world when these words were first spoken and then captured in writing!


In their new book, "Active Hope," Macy and Johnston speak of "deep time," asking us to reach back to include all who have lived and died before us, including the author of the book of Wisdom, as well as all who will come after. When I grapple with this reality of connectedness, I am filled with awe, gratitude and a realistic dose of fear.


How am I making choices today that will allow future generations to still experience the universe as both infinitesimal and of incredible importance? Macy and Johnston suggest that in order to raise our awareness level and channel our concern for the future, we reflect on the following questions and share our thoughts with another:
Some things I love about being alive on earth are?
A place that was magical to me as a child was?
When I think about the condition of our world, some concerns I have are?
What is it that empowers me to action?

As the season moves from fall to winter, may our reflection be filled with Wisdom!


God of the Universe,

You who hold all of creation in existence,

Help us to “be grateful, to honor our pain, to see with new eyes and to go forth in hope.”


Sr. Kathleen Bierne
Vice President, Presentation Sisters

WISDOM 11:22-12:2 ● PSALM 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14 ● 2 THESSELONIANS 1:11-2:2 ● LUKE 19:1-10

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