Thursday, November 16, 2017


FRIDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time

November 17, 2017 – FRIDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow and Religious
Memorial, White

Wis 13: 1 - 9 / Lk 17: 26 - 37

     St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 -1231) was the daughter of the King of Hungary, devoted to caring for the sick, the poor and the aged.

FROM THE FIRST READING:  Wis 13: 1, 3- 5
     The natural helplessness of men is seen in their ignorance of God. The experience of good things did not lead them to the knowledge of him who is. They were interested in his works, but they did not recognize the author of them ....

     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.

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."

     In the first reading from the book of Wisdom, we are told how the beauty and magnificence of God's world and creation should lead us to its Author and Creator, "even greater and more magnificent."

     God's creation is so beautiful that men have taken the great forces of nature and worshiped them as gods. "Fire, wind, air, the sphere of the stars, rushing water and
the lights in the sky were held as the rulers of the world." (Wis 13: 2)

     Not only is God's creation so magnificent. He has made man in his image and likeness and given him dominion over the world: "Let us make man in our image, to our likeness. Let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over the wild animals and over all creeping things that crawl along the ground." (Gn 1: 26)

     Let us use the earth wisely. Let us preserve the earth not only for ourselves but for all future generations.




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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