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Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
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Carver, MA 02330
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Weekend: Saturday 5 pm; Sunday 10 am
Weekday: 9 am (except Thursday)
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The First Sunday of Advent

November 30, 2014

 

Rev. Anthony Medairos, pastor

 

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7

Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:33-37

 

            The year was 1844 when Samuel F. B. Morse first demonstrated his invention: the telegraph.  The telegraph seems quaint now, but Morse’s invention is the forerunner of the telephone, of cable television, and conceivably even of the internet.  In front of an audience, Morse sent a message from The Supreme Court in Washington to Baltimore, Maryland.  But how to verify that the message sent was the message received?  Young Annie Ellsworth was asked to suggest a message.  She turned into a question a verse from the Book of Numbers, [1] phrasing it as “What hath God wrought?”  Morse tapped the key sending electrical impulses through the wire, and then waited.  At that time the receiving station used a spool of paper tape on which the mechanism marked the “dashes and dots” corresponding to the long and short electrical impulses.  (They had not yet realized a telegrapher could “read” messages by the clicking sound alone.)  Quickly the response came from Baltimore.  And the marks on the paper tape corresponded to the Morse Code alphabet of the very message sent.

 

            “What hath God wrought?” is also reflected in today’s first reading, where the prophet says of God, “you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for.”  Picture the prophet standing in the ruins of the Jerusalem Temple.  In the year 586 BC the Babylonians had destroyed the whole of Jerusalem.  What could God possibly have had in mind in allowing this catastrophe?  Yes, the people had sinned against God.  They had “wandered” from God’s “ways and harden[ed their] hearts so that” they feared God not.  The prophet lamented, God, “you have hidden your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt.” 

 

About 40 years later the Persians defeated Babylon and returned the Jews to their homeland.  Israel’s time of chastening had ended.  But what was left?  Historically, many Jews – and some have suggested that most Jews – never returned to Jerusalem.  Word got back to Babylon that there was nothing left of the city except decades of rebuilding to do.  Like some evacuees from flooded sections of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina who chose to stay in their new homes in Texas and elsewhere, even so, many of the Jewish exiles dared not commit themselves to decades of rebuilding a new city and Temple. 

 

What hath God wrought?  God had destroyed the structures of Jerusalem as a sign of Israel’s destruction of their covenant with God.  God had chastened his people but had never abandoned them.  Now if Israel was ready to rebuild that covenanted relationship with God, then rebuilding the city and Temple would be the sign.  Through the construction of the city and renewed worship in the rebuilt Temple, the people acknowledged the nature of God as their father.  And they confessed with the prophet, “O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you are the potter; we are all the work of your hands.”  That is what God had wrought.

 

We have entered Advent.  Advent is a liturgical season.  But for the Christian, Advent is a way of living.  Advent means waiting.  Not just for Christmas.  As the Catechism says, “in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming.” [2]  Advent is our waiting to experience the presence of Christ when he returns in glory.  And Advent is the Christian experience of constantly seeking, “What hath God wrought?” and, in asking that question, setting the stage for experiencing God’s arrival in our lives even now.  So, on the level of salvation history, Advent means anxiously watching for Christ’s return.  But on a personal level, the Advent attitude is a matter of always looking around ourselves to see what God is doing in our life right now.

 

The late Illinois Senator Paul Simon told a story of a road trip with his brother years ago.  As it was a cool evening, they turned off the car air conditioner, rolled down the windows and listened to the sounds of nature around them.  Rounding a curve, the boys thought they heard a call for help.  So they turned the car around and pulled over to look for the caller. And they discovered a rolled-over car with a driver pinned within.  Paul’s brother raced his car to the nearest farm to call an ambulance.

 

Paul stayed with the driver.  He asked when the accident happened.  The trapped man said it happened early in the morning on his way to work.  He said every time a car went by he hollered for help.  But the Simon’s were the first to stop.  The future senator concluded that he and his brother were the only ones to stop because they were the only ones deliberately listening to the sounds of an evening drive. 

 

The Advent attitude is about deliberately listening to the presence of God in our lives.  The Advent life means becoming familiar with the voice and hand of God.  Our bible study familiarizes us as to how God speaks, how God leads.  Our personal prayer attunes us to hearing God’s voice, so that we always inquire of God, “What hath God wrought?” and, “What is God doing for me and where is God calling me right now?”  

 

With this Advent attitude we truly become people awaiting the presence of Christ to be revealed – not only in theory but in our actual, personal encounters with God’s grace within us.  And, building a spiritual life on an Advent attitude, we stand before God with this prayer in our heart:  “Would that you [God] might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways.”



[1]  Numbers 23:23b – “It shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘Behold what God has wrought.’” [NAB].

 

[2]  Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 524.



Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Last Sunday of Ordinary Time

November 23, 2014

 

Rev. Anthony Medairos, pastor

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17

Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6

1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28

Matthew 25:31-46

 

            There is a parable in the Book of Judges [1] in reaction to the peoples’ demand that Israel should have a king like other nations.  In it, the trees want a king and ask the olive tree to reign over them, but the olive refuses to give up its precious olive oil.  They ask the fig tree to reign over them, but the fig would not surrender its sweet, good fruit.  The trees beg the vine to rule, but it would not stop producing wine that cheers men’s heart.  Then the trees ask the buckthorn, and the buckthorn gladly invites the trees to take shelter in its shade, which overwhelms every tree in the pain of its prickly thorns.  For, so it is with kings.          

 

As we enter the last week of the Church’s year we celebrate Christ as our king.  This is awkward for us.  We live in a republic that has rejected royalty.  Even when most contemporary kings and queens are benign figureheads with insignificant power, as in the United Kingdom or Spain, we remain leery of those who arrogate to themselves the trappings of royalty.  Yet, here we are, foisting on Jesus a title that we can barely tolerate.

 

Even when Israel did have kings, it seemed comforting to think of them as “shepherds” of the nation, guiding and guarding people as shepherds guide and guard their flocks.  So it might seem more reassuring if we were to celebrate the end of 2014 with a feast for Christ the Shepherd.  We certainly are reassured by Jesus, the Good Shepherd, [2] who lays down his life for the sheep.

 

But in today’s parable of the final judgment, Jesus did not describe a “good shepherd.”  Jesus compared divine judgment to what shepherds actually do.  Shepherds are as dangerous to the sheep as are kings to the people.

 

Of course the shepherd guides and guards his flocks, but it is not out of love, rather it is out of economic necessity.  Yes, he will keep his sheep for years of sheering that provides wool for clothing.  But there will come a day when the sheep is old, and then it will become a delicious leg of mutton.  Yes, the shepherd will protect his goats that provide milk for the children and cheese to enhance the menu.  But there will come a day when the goat dries up, and it will then provide meat for the skewer and flesh to be made into new wineskins.  The shepherd decides the fate of his flock.

 

As he set up this parable, Jesus used a phrase that he often applied to himself:  Son of Man.  Jesus compared himself to a shepherd.  But here he did not describe the good shepherd.  He described a shepherd who judges the value of each member of his flock.  In his parable the sheep and goats can speak, just as the trees in the Book of Judges spoke to each other.  And the Son of Man invites some of the flock – the sheep – to enter the kingdom of the Father.  Others – the goats – the Son of Man excludes from the Father’s kingdom. 

 

On what basis does the shepherd choose?  Those who gave water, food, comfort and companionship to others had provided the same blessings to himself.  “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you...?”  Those who failed to give water, food, clothing, shelter, and fellowship to others had failed to share the same with himself.  “Lord, when did we … not minister to your needs?”  On this alone was their fate determined.  To the right went those blessed by the Father.  To the left were consigned those bound for eternal fire and the devil.

 

Centuries before, the prophet Ezekiel had also prophesied to the people of Judah that the Lord God “will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.”  The Son of Man will shepherd but he will also judge.  This divine judgment on you and me will be based on the choices we have made in life and the actions each of us has taken.  Every decision you or I take makes a difference; every action lays claim to the direction of our eternal life.  Our choices may seem small at the time.  Sometimes they could be heroic – even traumatic.  But, for the most part, divine judgment will be about human compassion in daily living, about our going out of self to reach another.  And by reaching another in their need, we are extending ourselves to the Son of Man. 

 

As we end Anno Domini 2014, it is fitting to reflect on those decisions and actions of ours in this passing year that will be summed up at judgment day.  By our actions today may we prepare ourselves to hear, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world….  Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.”  

           



[1]  Judges 9:8-15.

[2]  John 10:11-14.

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 16, 2014

 

Rev. Anthony Medairos, pastor

 

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

Psalm 128:1-5

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

Matthew 25:14-30

 

            A burglar – a thief at night – broke into a New York company that manufactures burglar-proof glass.  He did it by – guess what – smashing the company’s glass doors.  The firm’s president said, “It never occurred to us to put burglar-proof glass in our own door.”

 

            As we near the end of the Church’s year, there is a strong suggestion in our scripture selections that we prepare for the Lord’s unexpected arrival.  Saint Paul wrote, “that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.”  Shouldn’t you and I, then, prepare?

 

            But the parable of Jesus heard today is not so much about our expectations of Christ’s return as it is about Christ’s expectations of us. 

 

Jesus’ parable is not about making a profit, or even about developing one’s God-given abilities.  A talent was a weight of money, scholars estimate between 60 and 75 pounds of silver.  (At approximately $720,000 per talent in current U.S. currency, the first of the servants received about $3.6 million.)  Historians surmise a talent was at that time worth 6,000 drachmas (or Latin denarii), each denarius considered a minimum wage for a day’s pay.  Doing the math, a single talent in those days was equivalent to a year’s income for a wealthy family, or 16 years’ wages for a common person. 

 

But Jesus hinted that money is not the point of his story.  Notice the Master referred to the talents as “a small matter” (though the sums were considerable, even for a wealthy person).  So Jesus implies money is not the point of the story.  Following this hint, contemporary use of the term “talent” no longer means a weight of silver, but a metaphor for a person’s God-given capabilities.  

 

            But that’s another detour, because the key to the parable is not the talents, but the reaction of the Master upon his return.  His response to his servants was to grant “greater responsibility” to the first two, who share in their Master’s joy.  Then the Master took away all responsibility from the timid servant, who ended up outside in the darkness, where there is no joy, but only the “wailing and grinding of teeth.” 

 

In this parable Jesus revealed God’s expectation of you and me, his servants.  If we wish to enter the kingdom of God, you and I must become adventuresome like those first two servants.  We should not trust caution, like the timid servant.  There must be daring in our lives, if we are to become part of God’s kingdom.  To double each sum of silver required great daring – they could have lost all of their Master`s money, perhaps forfeiting their lives!  But their daring was richly rewarded.  Timidity, on the other hand, paralyzed the third servant:  he did nothing.  He stayed safe.  And he lost everything!

 

            Where is the adventure, the risk-taking, in our life of faith – as a Church and as individuals?  Although the consequences are profound, Jesus is not looking for cautious, safe participation in the Kingdom of God.  The participation to which Jesus calls us is risk-taking; it’s adventure. 

 

            Our young people are good at risk-taking.  Every nervous parent who lends their teenager the car keys knows what that means.  Every teen who has taken a dare knows what I’m talking about.  And every adult who has started a business or who has boldly taken a responsible position in the corporation knows what I’m talking about.  Abundant life comes from risk-taking and it’s an adventure.

 

            That’s what Jesus is talking about in this parable.  Who’s ready for the adventure of a lifetime?  Who’s ready to take our faith seriously and do something with it?  That’s what the Master will be looking for when he returns at the end our own life or at the end of all time. 

 

            It’s going to be an adventure to be a Catholic or a Christian in these days.  The Church has been sorely wounded by the sexual abuse scandals, exposing the Church’s standing as a moral leader to ridicule by comics on TV and smart-alecks at work or school.  That makes it adventuresome to stand up for our Catholic beliefs.  Criticism doesn’t change the fact that our beliefs are from God.

 

            As American Catholics we face temptations to play it safe, like that third servant, because leadership in the White House and Congress and Beacon Hill is so completely pro-abortion and pro-the Gay Activist agenda.  For us to propose a moral, religious, and political position that is Pro-Life and follows the natural law concerning sexuality demands great courage.  It will also require well informed consciences and articulate arguments.  It presupposes deep faith, especially when we may be afraid of being accused of being weirdly religious, homophobic, closed-minded or hate-filled.  All these are words intended to make us bury our talents.  But what will the Master say when he returns?  That should be our Catholic concern, not how others may criticize or demean us.

 

            Catholics will need more courage than we’ve needed since the early days of our nation when in many colonies (and, later on, some states) Catholics were persecuted and priests had a bounty on their heads for celebrating Mass.  Those kinds of laws are unlikely today, but we do face so many so-called Catholic politicians who embarrass our faith by living immodestly and by supporting laws that offend our Catholic teachings and consciences.  Some of our fellow citizens – our neighbors – also hold the Church in disdain and ridicule, or dismiss the Christian faith is irrelevant.  To stand up to proclaim and live our faith in the face such people and leaders will be an adventure!

 

Beyond law and politics, Christians meet the immediate needs of people around us.  Are you and I afraid to extend ourselves to our neighbor for fear of rejection – or worse, of getting too “involved?”  We have a responsibility to be involved.  “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus was asked.  And he told the story of the Good Samaritan, [i] who pitied and helped the wounded traveler.  Besides our response to a neighbor’s practical needs, an end in itself, showing compassion to neighbors also calls them to belief.  Compassion is evangelization.  The faith may become their adventure, too!

 

Prepare!  Prepare for the adventure by discerning our talents through our study of scripture and in prayer.  Prepare for the adventure by nurturing our talents in the sacraments of the Church.  Those who have boldly undertaken the adventure of a living faith will gain more until they grow rich, while those who are fearful of this adventuresome spirit will lose the little they think they have. 



[i]  Luke 10:30-36.


 

 

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