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dc.contributor.authorPedersen, Cathy Weissen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 447en_US
dc.description.abstractWhile traveling (and not frantically rushing to the gate to catch my plane) I sometimes 'people watch' other travelers. Some are students or business people engaged with their laptops until the very last moment before boarding. There are families, with two or three little ones in tow, each with her/his carry-on wheeling down the concourse. On occasion there is the obvious athletic team or a tourist group gathered in various clusters, excitedly sharing their recent adventures together.||In today's Gospel, Jesus is in traveling mode, making his way to towns and villages as he proclaims the Good News of God's love. The scripture passage which seems so matter-of-fact on the surface (Jesus and his followers journeyed together to the surrounding countryside) carried a startling message to the people in those towns and villages, even before Jesus opened his mouth. Jesus is traveling with a rather large group of twelve plus men AND some women who are not traveling with their fathers, sons, husbands or a male relative, which was the acceptable practice of the day. The passage also identifies the women ( Mary of Magdala, Johanna, and Suzanna and others who provided for Jesus and the others through their own funds.)|To an onlooker in those small villages and towns, Jesus was certainly drawing attention not only to the message of God's love in his words, but in how he lived (and traveled) with others. God's love and presence calls everyone to respond and Jesus witnessed this over and over by whom he called his friends and companions.|As a Christian (Christ follower), do I live my life as witnessed by Jesus _ a living message of God's love for everyone? Whom do I call my friends? With whom do I associate, connect with, invite into my day to day life? To whom am I available?|Interestingly, in today's first reading, Paul challenges the people of Corinth who have questioned the resurrection of the dead, and thus the resurrection of Jesus. I can't help but smile at the echo of the same questioning when the disciples found it difficult to believe the women and Mary of Magdala who first witnessed Jesus' resurrection. Was the struggle of belief in the idea of resurrection and/or the witness by those not permitted to bear witness (women) in that culture?|Even as I raise these questions about the followers of Jesus and the people in Corinth, do I find it difficult to listen to and place my attention/trust in others' points of view when I have a different perspective? In struggling with differing political, religious or spiritual perspectives with others, does my resistance stem from my entrenchment in my beliefs and perspectives and/or my wariness of others unlike me?|As I ponder these questions and reflections from today's readings, I pray that I will re-center my focus on the real message: God is love and invites all to accept, respond and celebrate God's presence in our lives. How will I live this message of love, especially with those who may not agree with my beliefs and point of view? Perhaps this will be especially important as I/we in the United States enter the last six weeks of preparing for our presidential election.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, September 19, 2008: 24th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCampus Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorPedersen, Catherine W.en_US Timeen_US 24en_US
dc.subject.local11 Corinthians 15:12-20en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 17:1bcd, 6-7, 8b, 15en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 8:1-3en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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