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FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Jesús viene a romper barreras

La elección ya pasó. El día de Acción de Gracias es la próxima semana. El Adviento comienza el domingo después del día de Acción de Gracias. Las lecturas de la escritura para esta semana están providencialmente ubicadas para este preciso momento. ¿Qué nos dicen estas lecturas? Este es el momento de que caigan las barreras.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jesus is coming to break down walls

The election is over. Thanksgiving is next week. Advent begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The Scripture readings for this week are providentially arranged for this precise moment. What do they tell us? That it's time for the walls to come down.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our character sanctifies our country

Well, we vote this week. Do this week's readings offer us any final guidance? I think they do.

First, in anticipation of the end of the liturgical year, the readings are turning toward a consideration of the end times. Why does that matter? Because that's how we should approach the voting booth — with the conviction that our vote matters now and in eternity. How we vote is one of the things for which we'll have to give an account to God at the end of time.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Purgatory is a chance for us to edit the book of our life

Imagine that our life is like a book. When we die, Jesus hands us the book and reads it to us. When He's done reading, He hands us the book and says: "Would you like to edit any parts of that? I'd be glad to help."

What if we had the chance — not to change the past, but to make things better?

That's an image of purgatory. Like all images, it's imperfect. But I suspect there are few of us who wouldn't jump at the chance to repair some of the damage our sins have caused to ourselves and to others.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Put on the armor of God

For the past two weeks, we've heard readings from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. This is his concluding advice to the Ephesians and to us.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Develop your images of heaven

There is something greater than Solomon here ... there is something greater than Jonah here."

This isn't only something Jesus says in Luke 11, which we read this week, it's also a theme of the New Testament. Jesus is greater than John the Baptist (John 1:26-28). He's greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:3-6). He's greater than the Sabbath (Mark 2: 27-28). He's greater than the Temple (Matthew 12:6).

The fact that Jesus is "greater than" all of these has implications for how we think of heaven.

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