Wednesday, November 20, 2019

 

FRIDAY, 33RD Week in Ordinary Time

November 22, 2019 – FRIDAY, 33RD Week in Ordinary Time
St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
Memorial. Red.

1 Mc 4: 36 – 37, 52 – 59 / Lk 19: 45 – 48

St.  Cecilia (d. c117) was martyred for her unwillingness to sacrifice to the pagan gods.

FROM THE 1ST READING: 1 Mc 4: 56 – 58
They celebrated the consecration of the altar for eight days, joyfully offering holocausts and celebrating sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise. The front of the temple was adorned with crowns of gold and shields; the gates and the rooms had been restored and fitted with doors. There was no end to the celebration among the people, and so the profanation of the temple by the pagans was forgotten.

GOSPEL READING: Lk 19: 45 – 48
Then Jesus entered the Temple area and began to drive out the merchants. And he said to them, "God says in the Scriptures: My house shall
be a house of prayer: but you have turned it into a den of robbers."

Jesus was teaching every day in the Temple. The chief priests and teachers of the Law wanted to kill him and the elders of the Jews as well, but they were unable to do anything, for all the people were listening to him and hanging on his words.

REFLECTION
In the first reading Judas Maccabeus, the leader of the Jews loyal to their covenant with Yahweh, with joyous celebrations restores proper worship at the Temple in Jerusalem which had been desecrated by invaders.

In the Gospel reading Jesus in anger drives out the merchants who   were profaning the House of God with their active trade and business in the Temple area: "My house shall be a house of prayer: but you have turned it into a den of robbers."

In the longer account in John of Jesus clearing the Temple in Jerusalem, Jesus uses the occasion to predict his resurrection, "'Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.' . . . Actually, Jesus was referring to the temple of his body. Only when he had risen from the dead did his disciples remember these words." (Jn 2: 19 – 22)

By his cleansing of the Temple, Jesus affirmed respect for the House of God, wherein the Holy of Holies, the Ark of the Covenant rested. Enraged, he drove out the merchants selling animals to be sacrificed or given as offering; he overthrew the tables of the money-changers. "Take all this away and stop turning my Father's house into a marketplace." (Jn 2: 16)

How do we behave in church? How do we dress for church? What respect do we show during Mass and other religious services? Our churches house the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus in our midst as bread. Our churches are God's house.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

 

WEDNESDAY, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 20, 2019 – WEDNESDAY, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Green.

2 Mc 7: 1, 20 – 31 / Lk 19: 11 – 28

FROM THE 1ST READING: 2 Mc 7: 20 – 23
More than all of them, their mother ought to be admired and remembered.. She saw her seven sons die in a single day. But she endured it with joy for she had put her hope in the Lord. Full of a noble sense of honor, she encouraged each one of them in the language of their fathers.

Her woman's heart was moved by manly courage, she told them: "I wonder how you were born of me; it was not I who gave you breath and life, nor I who ordered the matter of your body. The Creator of the world who formed man in the beginning and ordered the unfolding of all creation shall in his mercy give you back breath and life, since you now despise them for love of his laws."

FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 19: 26 – 27
Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you: everyone who has will be given more; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for my enemies who did not want me to be king, bring them in and execute them right here in my presence."

REFLECTION
In the first reading we hear about the faith and courage of the mother     of seven sons killed for their adherence to Jewish law, "I ask you now, my son, that when you see the heavens, the earth and all that is in it, you know that God made all this from nothing, and the human race as well.  Do not  fear these executioners, but make yourself worthy of your brothers – accept death that you may again meet your brothers in the time of mercy." (2 Mc 7: 28 – 29)

In the parable of the talents in the Gospel reading, we are told that we must make the best use of the gifts given us in life: we will be rewarded or punished accordingly.

Our God-given gifts win for us much coveted worldly honors: power, prestige, fame. They could be boon or bane depending on how we use them. Success and fame could be all-consuming passions, leading to our own destruction. Our talents could remain dormant in us for a variety of reasons: such would be great lack of responsibility on our part.

No one is without talents and gifts. Everyone has something to offer and to work with. Even in old age, we can give good example and guidance.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.


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TUESDAY, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 19, 2019 – TUESDAY, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Green.

2 Mc 6: 18 – 31 / Lk 19:1 – 10

FROM THE 1ST READING: 2 Mc 6: 18 – 19a, 30 – 31
Eleazar, one of the prominent teachers of the Law, already old and of noble appearance, was forced to open his mouth to eat the flesh of a pig. But he preferred to die honorably than to live in disgrace. . .

When he was at the point of death, he said groaning, "The Holy Lord, who sees all, knows that though I could have saved myself from death, I now endure terrible sufferings in my body. But in my soul, I suffer gladly because of the respect I have for him." In his death, he left a noble example and a memorial of virtue and strength, not only to the young but to the whole nation.

GOSPEL READING: Lk 19: 1 – 10
When Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the city, a man named Zaccheus was there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could not see because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree. From there he would be able to see Jesus who had to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, come down quickly, for I must stay at your house today." So Zaccheus hurried down and received him joyfully.

All the people who saw this began to grumble and said, "He has gone to the house of a sinner as a guest." But Zaccheus spoke to Jesus, "The half of my goods, Lord, I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much." Looking at him, Jesus said, "Salvation has come to this house today for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost."

REFLECTION
In the first reading we see the heroism of Eleazar, a leader of the Jewish people, and many others who preferred to give up their lives than violate God's law and regulations: "In his death, he left a noble example and a memorial of virtue and strength, not only to the young but to the whole nation."

In the Gospel reading we see Jesus living out his mission "to seek and to save the lost."

Zaccheus, a tax collector and a rich man, wished to see Jesus. Short in stature he climbs a sycamore tree where Jesus would pass. Jesus invites him down and invites himself to dine at his house, much to the surprise and disapproval of many: "He has gone to the house of a sinner as a guest."

Zaccheus confirms his conversion and reform: "The half of my goods, Lord, I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much."

Jesus confirms the conversion of Zaccheus, "Salvation has come to this house today for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost."

Like Zaccheus may we have the resolve to see and know Jesus. Knowing him, may we listen to him and follow his commandments.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.


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Saturday, November 16, 2019

 

MONDAY, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 18, 2019 – MONDAY, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Dedication of the Churches of Sts. Peter and Paul in Rome
Green.

Acts 28: 11 – 16, 30 -31 / Mt 14: 22 – 33

Originally built in the fourth century, the basilica of St. Peter was built over the tomb of St. Peter and the basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls on the Ostian Way over the tomb of St. Paul.

FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 28: 30 – 31
Paul stayed for two whole years in a house he himself rented, where he received without any hindrance all who came to see him.. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught the truth about Jesus Christ, the Lord, quite openly, and without any hindrance.

GOSPEL READING: Mt 14: 22 – 33
Immediately Jesus obliged his disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the crowd away.

And having sent the people away, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. At nightfall, he was there alone. Meanwhile, the boat was very far from land, dangerously rocked by the waves, for the wind was against it.

At daybreak, Jesus came to them walking on the lake. When they saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, thinking that it was a ghost. And they cried our in fear. But at once Jesus said to them, "Courage! Do not be afraid: it is me!"

Peter answered, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you walking on the water." Jesus said to him, "Come." And Peter got out of the boat, walking on the water to go to Jesus. But, in the face of the strong wind, he was afraid and began to sink. So he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and took hold of him, saying, "Man of little faith, why did you doubt?"

As they got into the boat, the wind dropped. Then those in the boat bowed down before Jesus, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of God!"

REFLECTION
The Mass readings are proper to the celebration of the dedication of the Roman basilicas to the Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul.

The first reading, the conclusion of the Acts of the Apostles, recounts the arrival of St. Paul in Rome on his appeal to the Roman Emperor. Allowed to lodge in a private house, for two years before his martyrdom, Paul continued to proclaim the Gospel message: "He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught the truth about Jesus Christ, the Lord, quite openly, and without any hindrance."

The Gospel reading recounts St. Peter's encounter with Jesus at the lake, where Jesus appears walking on the water to his disciples who were in a boat rocked by heavy winds and big waves. Peter asks to walk to Jesus on the water, loses heart and begins to sink before the Lord keeps him up. In response the disciples worship Christ, "Truly, you are the Son of God."

May the Church continue to faithfully preach the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, the Son of the living God.

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33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

November 17, 2019 - 33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Green.

Mal 3: 19 – 20a / 2 Thes 3: 7 – 12 / Lk 21: 5 – 19

FROM THE 1ST READING: Mal 3: 19 – 20a
The day already comes, flaming as a furnace. On that day all the proud and evildoers will be burned like straw in the fire. They will be left without branches or roots. On the other hand the sun of justice will shine upon you who respect my Name and bring health in its rays.

From the 2nd Reading: 2 Thes 3: 7 – 10
You know how you ought to follow our example: we worked while we were with you. Day and night we labored and toiled so as not to be a burden to any of you. We had the right to act otherwise, but we wanted to give you an example.

Besides, while we were with you, we said clearly: If anyone is not willing to work, neither should that one eat.

FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 21: 5 – 15
While some people were talking about the Temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, "The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down." And they asked him "Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?"

Jesus then said, "Take care not to be deceived, for many will come claiming my title and saying: 'I am he, the Messiah; the time is at hand.' Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don't be frightened; for all this must happen first, even though the end is not so soon."

And Jesus said, "Nations will fight each other and kingdom will oppose kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues; in many places strange and terrifying signs from heaven will be seen. Before all this happens, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the Jewish courts and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. So keep this in mind: do not worry in advance about what to answer, for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict."

REFLECTION
All of us have dreams, ambitions and goals in our lives. Though we work very hard, rarely are all dreams, ambitions and goals fully achieved. There will always be problems and obstacles on the way.

Ultimately the goal of all is salvation and enduring happiness.

Jesus preached this goal of salvation and eternal life with God; he also proclaimed that the kingdom of God is already with us and yet not fully with us. He lived and died for us to show us how to live for eternal life. He called on all his followers to mirror his life and values, as evidence of God's presence and kingdom in our midst.

In today's Gospel reading Jesus tells us of hindrances and obstacles in our quest for happiness and eternal life. Self-proclaimed false prophets could lead us astray; those who follow Christ would be misunderstood, mistreated and even persecuted. In all these challenges and obstacles, Jesus assures us of his support.

The first reading from the prophet Malachi assures us of the triumph of God's justice: the wicked will be punished and destroyed while the just will shine in the presence of God.

The saints and blessed in heaven serve as examples and models for us in our quest for God and eternal happiness: with God's grace, despite all troubles, obstacles and difficulties, we can reach our goal.

We pray that we may truly take heart in pursuing our eternal goal with the accompaniment and grace of God. May we persist and persevere in this lifelong arduous task.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.


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Thursday, November 14, 2019

 

SATURDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time

November 16, 2019 – SATURDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Roque Gonzalez, Juan del Castillo,
and Alphonsus Rodriguez, Priests and Martyrs / St. Margaret of Scotland, Widow /
St. Gertrude the Great, Religious
Memorial. Red.

Wis 18: 14 – 16; 19: 6 – 9 / Lk 18: 1 – 8

Jesuit Sts. Roque Gonzalez (1576 – 1628) from Paraguay, Spanish missionaries Juan del Castillo (1596 - 1628) and Alphonsus Rodriguez (1598 – 1628), were martyred in the Jesuit reductions in South America for their Christian faith.

Born in Hungary St. Margaret of Scotland (1046 – 1093) married King Malcolm III of Scotland and was renowned for her concern for the poor and support for reform.

Born in Germany, St.. Gertrude (1256 – 1301) joined the Cistercians and propagated devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

FROM THE 1ST READING: Wis 19: 6 – 8
All creation in its different forms was fashioned anew at your command, in order to protect your people. The cloud covered the camp with its shadow, dry land emerged where water had been. A safe passage was opened through the Red Sea, the tempestuous flood became a green plain, where the whole nation of those protected by your hand passed across, witnessing your astounding deeds.

GOSPEL READING: Lk 18: 1 – 8
Jesus told them a parable to show them that they should pray continually and not lose heart. He said, "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor people. In the same town was a widow who kept coming to him saying, 'Defend my rights against my opponent.'

"For a time he refused, and finally he thought: "Even though I neither fear God nor care about people, this widow bothers me too much. I will see that she gets justice; then she will stop coming and wearing me out.'"

And Jesus explained, "Listen to what the evil judge says. Will God not do justice for his chosen ones who cry to him day and night even if he  delays   in answering them? Yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

REFLECTION
In the Gospel parable about the "judge who neither feared God nor people" and the persistent widow, Jesus teaches us that prayer is powerful but that persistent prayer even more powerful. Because of her persistence in bothering the judge, the judge decides, "Even though I neither fear God nor care about people, this widow bothers me so much I will see that she gets justice; then she will stop coming and wearing me out."

If this evil and irreligious judge grants the request of the persistent widow, how much more are we assured that our heavenly Father will grant our requests, "Will God not do justice for his chosen ones who cry to him day and night even if he delays in answering them? I tell you, he will speedily do them justice."

So often we may feel God is not replying to our prayers. But we are assured that our heavenly Father will reply to our prayers: "As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" (Mt 7: 11)

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom gives us assurance of God's generosity and power when we see his "astounding deeds" for Israel.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

 

FRIDAY, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time / St. Albert the Great

November 15, 2019 – FRIDAY, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time / St. Albert the Great
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Green.

Wis 13: 1 – 9 / Lk 17: 26 – 37

A  German  Dominican,  St.  Albert  the  Great  (1206  –  1280)  taught  St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274) in Paris and was Bishop of Regensburg for a few years.. He was a prolific writer on Sacred Scripture, theology, philosophy and the natural sciences. He wrote more than anyone else in his day on the Blessed Virgin Mary.

FROM THE 1ST READING: Wis 13: 3 – 5
If, charmed by such beauty, they took them for gods, let them know how far superior is their sovereign. And if they were impressed by their power and activity, let them understand from this how much mightier is he who formed them. For the grandeur and beauty of creatures lead us to ponder on their Author, greater and more magnificent.

FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 17: 26 – 33
Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be on the day the Son of Man comes. Then people ate and drank; they took husbands and wives. But on the day Noah entered the ark, the flood came and destroyed them all. Just as it was in the days of Lot: people ate and drank, they bought and sold, planted and built. But on the day Lot left Sodom, God made fire and sulfur rain down from heaven which destroyed them all. So will it be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

"On that day, if you are on the rooftop,, don't go down into the house to get your belongings, and if you happen to be in the fields, do not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Whoever tries to save his life will lose himself, but whoever gives his life will be born again."

REFLECTION
In the first reading we are encouraged to see the grandeur and power of God as Creator of the universe.

In the Gospel reading Jesus speaks of his coming at the end of time. Jesus urges us to be vigilant and ready, because his coming will occur when we least expect it. Waiting plays a big part in our lives, and so it is important to learn how to wait. As human beings we always wait because our lives are never complete in themselves.. There is always more to come.

Today's Gospel instructs us how to recognize our Lord's coming even in everyday things, in the duties we perform, in the events that occur around us, or in the people that we meet. It is not only at the time of death or at the end of the world that we will meet the Lord. We meet him when we least expect it, while we are waiting in a doctor's office for an appointment, in a cashier's line at the supermarket, or even at a bus stop.

Let us learn to see Christ in everyone, in everything and in every situation. Doing so, our waiting will not be one of endless frustration, but rather become one of constructive readiness and anticipation.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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THURSDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time

November 14, 2019 – THURSDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Joseph Pignatelli, Priest
Memorial. White.

Wis 7: 22b – 8: 1 / Lk 17: 20 – 25

Born in Saragossa in Spain, St. Joseph Pignatelli (1737 – 1811) worked tirelessly for the restoration of the Society of Jesus which had been suppressed by Pope Clement XIV in 1773 (Dominus ac Redemptor). He was Jesuit Provincial of Italy from 1803 until his death. The Society of Jesus was restored worldwide in 1814, three years after his death.

FROM THE 1ST READING: Wis 7: 22b – 24
In her is a spirit that is intelligent, saintly, unique, manifold, subtle, active, concise, pure and lucid. It cannot corrupt, loves what is good and nothing can restrain it; it is beneficent, loving humankind, steadfast, dependable, calm though almighty. It sees everything and penetrates all spirits, however intelligent, subtle and pure they may be. Wisdom, in fact, surpasses in mobility all that moves, and being so pure pervades and permeates all things.

GOSPEL READING: Lk 17: 20 – 25
The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, "The kingdom of God is not like something you can observe and say of it: 'Look, here it is!' See, the kingdom of God is among you."

And Jesus said to his disciples, "The time is at hand when you will long to see one of the glorious days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Then people will tell you: 'Look there! Look here!' Do not go, do not follow them. As lightning flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will it be with the Son of Man. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this people."

REFLECTION
In the first reading Wisdom as a gift from God is praised.

In the Gospel reading Jesus teaches us about the kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God is already within us.. It is in every person who believes in the Lord, in his Church and its sacraments and in the world. God reveals himself to us in countless ways. The Kingdom is where God and his values are. The Kingdom of God is in all the good people in the world.

To bring about the Kingdom of God the Son of God came into the world as man, suffered and died for all. Through God's call and grace, his followers are tasked to continue his mission of bringing God's love and mercy to the world.

At the same time we all await the coming and fulfillment of the Kingdom of the world when Our Lord appears at his second coming at the end of time.

Let us seek the Kingdom of God, making it grow within us and throughout the world until its final realization at the end of time.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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Saturday, November 09, 2019

 

MONDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time

November 11, 2019 – MONDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Martin of Tours, Bishop
Memorial. White.

Wis 1: 1 – 7 / Lk 17: 1 - 6

Born  in  Hungary,  St.  Martin  (316  –  397),  Bishop  of  Tours,  formerly  a soldier, is popularly featured on horseback sharing his tunic with a beggar. He is the first non-martyr saint in the Western Church.

FROM THE 1ST READING: Wis 1: 3 – 5
Crooked thinking distances you from God, and his Omnipotence, put to the test, confounds the foolish.

Wisdom does not enter the wicked nor remain in a body that is enslaved to sin. The Holy Spirit who instructs us shuns deceit; it keeps aloof from foolishness and is ill at ease when injustice is done.

FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 17: 1 – 6
Jesus said to his disciples, "Scandals will necessarily come and cause people to fall; but woe to the one who has brought it about. It would be better for that one to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck. Truly this would be better for that person than to cause one of these little ones to fall.

"Be careful. If your brother offends you, rebuke him and if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he offends you seven times in a day but says to you seven times: 'I'm sorry,' forgive him."

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." And the Lord said, "If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree: 'Be uprooted and plant yourself in the sea,' and it will obey you."

REFLECTION
In the first reading we are taught that, if we wish to serve God, we need wisdom: "Crooked thinking distances you from God, and his Omnipotence, put to the test, confounds the foolish."

If we wish to be followers of Christ, we must be Christ-like. In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us not to scandalize or lead others to sin and to have  faith which can literally move mountains: "If you have faith even the size of    a mustard seed, you may say to this tree: 'Be uprooted and plant yourself in the sea,' and it will obey you."

We should not be obstacles to those who wish to follow the Lord. By showing good example we help and lead others to God. Let us be conscious how our actions affect others, for ill or good.

Jesus tells us to be forgiving of those who have wronged us: "If your brother offends you, rebuke him and if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he offends you seven times in a day but says to you seven times: 'I'm sorry,' forgive him."

In the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis reminded us: "God does not get tired of forgiving us; it is we who get tired of asking forgiveness from him."

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.


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Thursday, November 07, 2019

 

SATURDAY, DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA IN ROME

November 9, 2019 – SATURDAY, DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA IN ROME
Feast. White.

Ez 47: 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 12 / 1 Cor 3: 9c – 11, 16 – 17 / Jn 2: 13 – 22

Built during the reign of Emperor Constantine and consecrated by Pope St. Sylvester I in 324, the Lateran Basilica is the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, "the mother and head of all churches in Rome and of the world" and the venue of five general Councils. It is dedicated to Christ the Savior and also to Sts. John the Baptist and John, Apostle and Evangelist.

1ST READING: Ez 47: 1a, 8 – 9, 12
The man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple and I saw water coming out of the threshold of the Temple and flowing eastwards. . .

He said to me, "This water goes to the east, down to the Arabah, and when it flows into the sea of foul-smelling water, the water will become wholesome. Wherever the river flows, swarms of creatures will live in it; fish will be plentiful and the sea water will become fresh. Wherever it flows, life will abound." . . .

Near the river on both banks there will be all kinds of fruit trees with foliage that will not wither and fruit that will never fail; each month they will bear a fresh crop because the water comes from the Temple. The fruit will be good to eat and the leaves will be good for healing.

FROM THE 2ND READING: 1 Cor 3: 16 – 17
Do you not know that you are God's temple, and that God's Spirit abides within you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him. God's temple is holy and you are this temple.

GOSPEL READING: Jn 2: 13 – 22
As the Passover of the Jews was at hand, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple court he found merchants selling oxen, sheep and doves, and money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the Temple court, together with the oxen and sheep. He knocked over the tables of the money-changers, scattering the coins, and ordered the people selling doves, "Take all this away and stop turning my Father's house into a marketplace!"

His disciples recalled the words of Scripture: Zeal for your House devours me as a fire.

The Jews then questioned Jesus, "Where are the miraculous signs which give you the right to do this?" And Jesus said, "Destroy this temple and  in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then replied, "The building of this temple has already taken forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?"

Actually, Jesus was referring to the temple of his body. Only when he had risen from the dead did his disciples remember these words; then they believed both the Scripture and the words Jesus had spoken.

REFLECTION
Today's Mass readings focus on temples as the house of God, as the place where God dwells, where good things happen as a result of God's work, and therefore must be revered, preserved and protected.

The first reading uses the symbol of water to show God's dwelling as the source of life to plants, trees and animals. In the second reading Paul speaks of man's body as a temple of the Holy Spirit and thus to be kept holy.

The Gospel reading shows the usually gentle Jesus angrily driving out the merchants and all others who profaned the Temple, turning his Father's house into a market place.

When his authority to cleanse the Temple is challenged, Jesus tells them that if the Temple were destroyed he would raise it up in three days. His listeners, even his disciples, did not realize he was speaking of his own body as a Temple and of his rising from the dead in three days: "Actually, Jesus was referring to the temple of his body. Only when he had risen from the dead did his disciples remember these words; then they believed both the Scripture and the words Jesus had spoken."

As baptized Christians, we are all Temples of the Holy Spirit, to be reverenced, preserved and protected as holy. Following our Lord Jesus we too hope to share in his resurrection and glory.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.


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FRIDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time

November 8, 2019 – FRIDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
Green.

Rom 15: 14 – 21 / Lk 16: 1 – 8

FROM THE 1ST READING: Rom 15: 14 – 16
As for me, brothers and sisters, I am convinced that you have goodwill, knowledge and the capacity to advise each other; nevertheless I have written boldly in some parts of this letter to remind you of what you already know. I do this according to the grace God has given to me when I was sent to the pagan nations. I dedicate myself to the service of the Good News of God as a priest of Christ Jesus, in order to present the non-Jews to God as an agreeable offering consecrated by the Holy Spirit.

GOSPEL READING: Lk 16: 1 – 8
At another time Jesus told his disciples, "There was a rich man whose steward was reported to him for fraudulent service. He summoned the steward and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? I want you to render an account of your service for it is about to be terminated.'

"The steward thought to himself, 'What am I to do now? My master will surely dismiss me. I am not strong enough to do hard work, and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I will do: I must make sure that when I am dismissed, there will be some people to welcome me into their house.'

"So he called his master's debtors one by one. He asked the first who came: 'How much do you owe my master?' The reply was: 'A  hundred jars  of oil.' The steward said: 'Here is your bill. Sit down quickly and write there fifty.' To the second he put the same question: 'How much do you owe?' The answer was: 'A thousand bushels of wheat.' Then he said: 'Take your bill and write down eight hundred.'

"The master commended the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the people of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the people of light."

REFLECTION
In the first reading St. Paul reiterates his special calling from God to be a special instrument for the spread of the Gospel, to be the God-appointed Apostle to the Gentiles.

In the Gospel parable of the crafty steward, the master in the parable commended the dishonest steward for his astuteness: he planned wisely with foresight and dishonest craftiness to provide for his future once he was dismissed from his master's service for his dishonesty.

Jesus reminds us to exercise the same foresight and planning that the dishonest steward showed.. In another parable Jesus insisted that we be responsible stewards of the gifts, talents and, indeed, the world that God has given us. In the parable of the talents the master rewards those who were good and faithful servants, who were faithful in little things, and punishes the one who just buried the talent. (Mt 25: 14 – 30

We honor God when we make good use of what he has given to us in this world.

FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.


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