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dc.contributor.authorO'Keefe, Johnen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 488en_US
dc.description.abstractWhenever one reads these particular verses from Paul it is tempting to leap right away into an Augustinian reflection on the pervasiveness of sin and the universal need for grace. I am so tempted but I will defer, at least for a moment. Instead I would like to draw wisdom from my seven-year-old son.|Recently he has come up with a new expression. When asked a question for which the answer is an obvious "yes," he will smirk, cock his head, and say "cha." He will say this with a kind of feigned annoyance that wonders why anyone would ask such a lame question. As far as I can tell, "cha" is an invention of second grade boys at St. Pius X school. It appears to be a conflation of "ahh, yeah," slurred together for maximum effect. I believe it is a close cousin to "duh!" The results are quite humorous.|So what does this have to do with today's reading? It's funny, but as I was reflecting on the gospel, when I came to the line "this man welcome sinner and eats with them," I imagined Jesus responding "cha." The story of the lost sheep and the lost silver piece merely confirm the obvious. Yes, of course God love sinners and wants them back. "Cha."|Now what about Paul and what about Augustine? Both would remind us that our lives are totally at the mercy of God. We may try to gain control, but somehow it always eludes us. Somehow the disordered world of human rebellion against God intrudes on our stability. So said Paul and so said Augustine. "That is why Christ died and came to life again." I'm pretty sure that if I pointed this fact out to my son he would probably assume that diffident second grade posture and say "cha."|Thank God for children when we need to see the obvious.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 Thursday, November 8, 2001: 31st 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.cuauthorO'Keefe IV, John J.en_US Timeen_US 31en_US
dc.subject.local1Romans 14:7-12en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 27:1bcde, 4, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 15:1-10en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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