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dc.contributor.authorWhitney, Tamoraen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 505en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the gospel today Jesus says that being a Christian isn't always easy. People will put you down, maybe even put you to death, just for being a Christian: just for talking about Jesus. But He says He will give his followers the words for life so they will not be harmed. He also says some of them will be put to death. This seems slightly contradictory to me. He says, some of you will be put to death. Then in the next sentence he says, yet not a hair of your head will be harmed. But just because they were put to death doesn't mean that they were harmed. They might lose this life on earth, but they would gain life everlasting.|In the first reading King Belshazzar got drunk and used the holy chalices to have drinks with dinner, and he and his friends gave blessings to the gods of gold and silver instead of to the true God. The writing was on the wall. He was not deserving of the riches of God, and his lands would be given to the people who appreciated the gifts of God and gave God thanks for them and used them wisely. The king knew better, but he didn't stand up for God. He gave his thanks to statues, to inanimate objects. He had his life, but lost his lands and more importantly lost his faith.|The psalm talks of all creation giving thanks and praise to God. Everything he has made praises him, and people should praise him under all conditions -- even when it's difficult or dangerous to do so. Belshazzar reverted to praising hunks of metal. In his greed and in his drunkenness he denied God. In the gospel Jesus says it might be easier for His people to deny Him. By denying their God they could save their lives, but if they lose their faith and they lose their souls, what have they gained in saving their lives. Belshazzar kept his life, but not his soul. What did he have left? There are worse things than dying for one's faith. Those who stood up for Jesus, even if they died for Him, would be born to eternal life.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 Wednesday, November 28, 2001: 34th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWhitney, Tamoraen_US Timeen_US 34en_US
dc.subject.local1Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28en_US
dc.subject.local2Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 21:12-19en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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