Wednesday, November 13, 2019
FRIDAY, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time / St. Albert the Great
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
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."
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.
Have a good day!
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