Wednesday, November 14, 2018
THURSDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
November 15, 2018 – THURSDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Phlm 7- 20 / Lk 17: 20- 25
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 Scriptures, theology, philosophy and the natural sciences. He wrote more than anyone else in his day on the Blessed Virgin Mary.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Phlm 7- 10
I had great satisfaction and comfort on hearing of your charity, because the hearts of the saints have been cheered by you, brother.
Because of this, although in Christ I have the freedom to command what you should do, yet I prefer to request you in love. The one talking is Paul, the old man, now a prisoner for Christ. And my request is on behalf of Onesimus, whose father I have become while I was in prison..
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."
In the first reading from Paul's Letter to Philemon, we see Paul's care and concern for his companions in the ministry.
In the Gospel reading Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God. We all look forward to the perfect fulfillment of the Kingdom of God at the end of time.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is already "among us." It is in every person who believes in the Lord, in his Church and its sacraments and in the world. 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 the 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.
Have a good day!
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