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For the Ride Home is an online Sunday readings supplement for Catholics to further reflect on the Sunday readings heard at Mass. Find the actual New American Bible text links, questions for reflection and commentary from a popular book.
For the Ride Home
by Ted Bergh
Fourth Sunday of Advent (C)
December 20, 2009
•…his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace. (Micah 5:4)
•Rouse your power, and come to save us. (Psalm 80:3)
•“Behold, I come to do your will.” (Hebrews 10:9)
•Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. (Luke 1:45)
•What do you possess that will keep you from heaven?
•What are you striving to possess that keeps you from heaven?
•If you had all the material things that you want would you be content?
•Where is there enough power to bring peace on Earth?
•Where is there enough power to bring peace to your heart?

… it is easy for an insightful person who understands the things of the spirit to free themselves from material things. St. Denys says that God offers his heaven for sale, but nothing is as cheap as heaven, when it is for sale and nothing is as exalted and as delightful to possess when it has been earned. Heaven is cheap because it on sale to everyone for a price that they can afford. Therefore we should give all that we have for heaven, especially our own self-will. As long as we cling to self will we have not yet earned heaven. But for those who abandon themselves and their self-will it is easy to part from material things.1

1Meister Eckhart: Selected Writings, Ed. Oliver Davis, Penguin Classics, 1994, p. 131

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