Christ the same yesterday and today and forever (Christ the King 2020)

I had two American icons on my mind during this wild week. On Thursday, I thought about Yogi Berra, who I must explain for the benefit of the younger members of the congregation was a famous baseball player and coach in New York, not a cartoon character.

Yogi Berra said many memorable things, but my favorite was “It’s like déjà vu all over again!”

Déjà vu all over again. That sums it up. Hearing that Mass was again closed to the public brought back painful memories from last March. It also was a harsh reminder that our view of the pandemic was too optimistic.

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Be Ready… Not Surprised (33.A)

There are few things less surprising than surprise parties. At least before the pandemic, if your fiftieth birthday is a day away and your wife hasn’t announced any plans, prepare to be surprised—or not!

I was given a surprise party once, and one of my friends said “you know, I was almost sure you’d figured it out, but when I saw the look on your face I knew we’d kept it a surprise.”

I’d known about the party for weeks. Appearing in all those school plays taught me a thing or two about acting.

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Looking Forward to the Resurrection (32.A)

Restoration, the inspiring newspaper of Madonna House, has printed a remarkable letter in its November issue. It’s written by a dying priest to his physician. Let me share some of it with you…

“Dear Doctor,

The other day, one of the staff related to me the conversation she had with you. She said that you expressed a concern that I do not seem to really appreciate the seriousness of my condition.

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