Archbishop Robert Carlson

BEFORE THE CROSS | Life after death is when God’s faithful will be rewarded

S ome Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put a question to Jesus."

We're entering the last two weeks of Ordinary Time. The readings are turning toward thoughts of the end times. In the midst of that, we encounter this question about the resurrection.

This was a "hot button" question at the time of Jesus. At its beginning, Judaism didn't have a belief in the Resurrection. And it isn't explicitly mentioned in the first five books of the Bible — what, for them, would have been "Scripture."

BEFORE THE CROSS | ‘Praying always’ means doing everything in the presence of God

Quah-kah-ka-num-ad. That's the name the Potawatomi Indians gave to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: "Woman Who Prays Always."

We celebrate St. Rose Philippine's feast day this week (Nov. 18). We're also reading sequentially through the Gospel of Luke, and the passage that just happens to come up on her feast day tells of Jesus instructing the disciples "about the necessity for them to pray always" (Luke 18:1). Maybe this remarkable coincidence is God's way of trying to get our attention!

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Nuestra entrega debe ser el reflejo de la entrega de Dios

Esta cerca de oscurecer, en dos sentidos.

En primer lugar, esta semana pasaremos del horario de verano al horario estándar. Ciertamente, la cantidad actual de luz del día será la misma. Sin embargo, el cambiar el reloj da la sensación de que todo está más oscuro, ¿no es así?

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our giving should mirror God’s self-giving

It's about to get dark, in two senses.

In the first place, we switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time this week. Sure, the actual amount of daylight stays the same. But changing the clocks makes it feel like it's getting a lot darker, doesn't it?

Second, now that Halloween is over, the Christmas advertising blitz is about to begin. Its relentless push — rolling right over Thanksgiving, for the most part — can give the next two months a frantic air. If we're not careful, that's another kind of darkness that can envelop us over the next two months.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Jesús nos invita a ser perfectos hijos de Dios

Cuál es el estándar por el cual juzgamos nuestras vidas? "Nunca he hecho nada horrible. Soy un ser humano decente". Muy a menudo nos expresamos de esa manera. Permítanme sugerir, mientras que nos acercamos a la celebración del día de Todos los Santos, que estamos utilizando el estándar equivocado.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jesus invites us to become perfect sons and daughters of God

What's the standard by which we judge our lives? "I've never done anything horrible. I'm a decent human being." Very often it's something along those lines. Let me suggest, as we prepare to celebrate All Saints' Day, that we're using the wrong standard.

What's the right standard? Jesus gives it to us in the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are actually a portrait of Jesus, and an invitation to be like Him. That's why, along with the teachings that immediately follow them in Matthew 5, they end with the ringing challenge: "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

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