Wednesday, November 13, 2019
THURSDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
November 14, 2019 – THURSDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Joseph Pignatelli, Priest
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."
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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