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November 6, 2020

(Author’s note: This reflection was written before knowing the outcome of the USA elections, but knowing, that in our very divided country, one group of voters will not be pleased with the outcome of the election.)

We have been confronted with two strong realities this week: the solemnity of the saints and commemoration of the faithful departed, and the USA election. With the added reality of the pandemic, one cannot help but think about our mortality.

During November, we end the liturgical year with scripture guiding our focus, getting our lives in order, making ourselves ready to enjoy our citizenship in heaven while confronted with the citizenship in our country and the electoral vote.

The parable today tells of a steward who is very creative in getting others to cater to him for his future needs. This parable and epistle help us recognize we are to focus our attention toward eternal life. Our citizenship is in heaven says Paul, who wishes us to focus on the cross of Christ and model our conduct accordingly.

How will we go rejoicing to the house of the Lord?

This question from the psalm orients our attention to proper Christian conduct. We do not follow a political party or candidate, because our true citizenship is in heaven, and we follow only Jesus Christ. Those chosen by a country do not reflect how God chooses us, inviting us to build God’s kingdom amid discord. Christians’ goal is still the same: our eyes are fixed on God’s house. We follow God’s ways on earth in practice for the life of heaven. We may have to stomach many challenges here on earth. Through our baptism, with a eucharistic vision, like the saints and sinners before us, we use our promissory notes creatively. Our creativity gives us hope of heaven.

Let Us Pray:

LORD God, you guide us by right paths to give us hope in for eternal life. Help us during times of transition; support us with your Spirit of care to lead us in new ways of living the gospel and proclaiming Christ’s mighty deeds. Through Christ, our LORD.

 

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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.