Black Friday is over, Cyber Monday is in the ether now begins the real march toward Christmas. So for the next few weeks I will write about the readings of the day from Cycle “C” of the Catholic Liturgical Calendar in case you’re keeping tabs. Each day, I will also provide you with a “fun fact” about a saint who’s feast we celebrate or an event that happened on that day. Since this is a progressive website I also need to throw in, where appropriate, any observations about what’s going on/not going on in Washington. I will try and not be too snarky, but I am Irish and I, like most intelligent Americans, do believe Obama was born in Hawaii.
Even though it is Sunday of the first week in Lent I really don’t have any specific fun fact today, I will just jump into the reading from the Book of Luke (Lk 21:25-28, 34-36) for today.
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,…”
I’m not sure if Luke was a Mayan or that this reading is coincidental for the times (although the Gospels are timeless). Although the reading talks about redemption it still scares the shit out of people.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
The encouraging words from the doctor, Luke, at the end of this reading are for us to wake up and smell the coffee. We have seen over the past few years an almost irrational hatred of the President. Not a general dislike but a deep seated hatred which is very disturbing, like the roaring of the waves. I can imagine that these people (1) do not have hope and (2) are angry all of the time. What a sad state of affairs to live this brief life of ours with these illness. Dr. Luke’s encouragement to “pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations…” are falling on deaf ears. It is almost as if some people feel helpless to do anything. Today, if you fall into that category maybe because your guy or gal didn’t win this or that, go out and do something for someone. Do something positive, get out of your head and see that others could use your talents and abilities. Pretty soon, faster than you know, those feelings of anger will dissipate and you will even begin to feel the warm light out of your cold darkness and begin to think rationally. Oh, and yah, turn off Fox News…
and so it goes…