Nov. 27th: Sunday Readings and Reflection Questions

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First Reading   Isaiah 2: 1-5

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!

  • As a Catholic, I reflect on this reading and it makes sense.  Strive to know God, listen to his guidance, follow his examples and for goodness sake…stop fighting with each other and unit as one people under God.  Not that tough, right….right?!  I think I mess up on each on of these every day in a way that is much like my non-existent golf game.  Some days I can hit a drive but my short game is on, other days my drives are on but I can’t put to save my life.  Take a moment and discuss how you have succeeded with each of these and give some examples.
    • Know God
    • Listen to His guidance.
    • Follow His examples.
    • Unit with those you disagree with. 
  • It’s a reading like this that I feel we as a people are closer to the customs of Sodom and Gomorrah than that which Isaiah is asking of the ‘nations.’  The election this month has almost honed the sword of indifference between the people of our nation rather than beating them (the swords) into plowshares.  Love has been consumed by hate and we no longer are able to tolerate people who are not exactly like ourselves.  

    • How do you disagree with someone regarding a major topic (same sex marriage, abortion, etc…) but remain civil to them?
    • Discuss how you survived Thanksgiving this year with the election so close in your rear view mirror.

Second Reading   Romans 13: 11-14

Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light;
let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,
not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in promiscuity and lust,
not in rivalry and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

Gospel   Matthew 24: 37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

  • The part of me that worries about absolutely everything keyed into one part of this reading.

    Two men will be out in the field;
    one will be taken, and one will be left.
    Two women will be grinding at the mill;
    one will be taken, and one will be left

    Am I to understand that neither man knew he was going to be taken?  What discretion not mentioned in the reading do you God had when selecting which man He would take?  Do you think it connects to the first reading at all?

  • How well have you prepared your children or your wife to make sure they are not the ones left behind?  Do you have any close friends or relatives that you feel would be left, and if so, what can you do to help them?  I guess I should have this as the starter question to this, but do you think you would be left behind…what can do in your life (starting right now) to ensure you are not.