November 25, 2020
by Carol Zuegner
Creighton University's Department of Journalism, Media, and Computing
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Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 505

Revelation 15:1-4
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 7-8, 9
Luke 21:12-19

Praying Ordinary Time

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Preparing for Advent

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

Prayer in the days before Advent

It’s not easy to do the right thing. Sometimes we have to make difficult choices around how we react to the world, at our jobs or even among our family members. We may do or say things that we believe are right that will not be popular. Following the Gospels and Jesus can be challenging in a seemingly throw-away world, where cutting corners, lying, cheating and overindulging are celebrated. We are often told by the world to look out for No. 1, to think only of ourselves, that being selfish is seen as an attribute, not a failing.  Jesus knows what we face. By becoming human, living and then dying at the hands of those who rose up against him, Jesus offers us more. In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus tells us to persevere. He will provide wisdom and make sure we are safe.

Sadly, it seems this isn’t one battle, one fight. We will be tested again and again and often we will do the opposite of what society seems to tell us in streams of social media and words spilling out of TV screens. Care for your neighbor and for the world, now and in the future. Do the right thing especially when no one can see. Plant seeds of respect and trust. Stand up for what is those whose voices aren’t often heard over the clamor. Find God in all things. 

The world can be a frightening place, but we have to be alert to moments of joy and happiness. We can be sure that God will not abandon us. I pray today for the strength to do the right thing and for those struggling. I pray for the strength to not be caught up in a tide of spite and meanness. I pray for the strength to listen to and respect those close to me and those far away.   

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