Posts from November 2013

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Open God’s Advent Gift—Today!

by Tom Andel

With “Brown Thursday” seemingly replacing Thanksgiving as a holiday, one can only surmise that people have given up on giving thanks on the fourth Thursday of every November. Instead, they head straight to Walmart at 6 a.m., waiting in line to offer up their credit cards in thanks for a $99 big-screen TV. Still, I […]

Mine your Shaft for Light

by Tom Andel

“King of the Universe” is a big title for a poor carpenter. But God never chose obvious leaders. This Sunday’s first reading profiles another of God’s chosen leaders—David, a poor shepherd. It was he, the youngest and smallest of Jesse’s sons, whom God chose to be Israel’s leader. Why does God see greatness in humility? […]

Learning God’s Language for a Living

by Tom Andel

When you’re born into Christianity, you’re told to act more Godlike. Telling a kid to act more Godlike is like expecting someone to learn a foreign language in a classroom. It’s hard. It’s easier to learn another language if you live in the culture where it’s spoken and act like you belong there. That’s what […]

The Hell of a Pastime Paradise

by Tom Andel

They’ve been spending most their lives Living in a pastime paradise They’ve been spending most their lives Living in a pastime paradise They’ve been wasting most their lives Glorifying days long gone behind They’ve been wasting most their days In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise Tell me who of them will come to be How […]

Thank God for His Son of Man Syndrome

by Tom Andel

This Sunday’s readings remind us—as if we needed reminding—of how small we are in relation to the divine. The first reading from the book of Wisdom sets the tone: “Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth. But you […]