November 6, 2011: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
First Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
The wise in society may not be those with PhDs, cushy executive titles or shelves filled in righteous smugness of self-sufficiency, but people living on the margins of subsistence. They are worthy of wisdom, for like the earth, they can be parched and without water, as their soul thirsts for the Lord. Their minds, shielded from the distortion of pride, graciously absorbs wisdom and awareness of God’s loving design through a nearness to creation. For wisdom makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her and meets them with all solicitude. This care and concern roots itself for the greater good. While we wait in hope for the riches of the eternal feast, to satisfy our souls, we must labor to trim the wicks of justice, so the light glows bright for all to be attentive to relevant issues. If we cease thirsting for the Lord our God, we drift to a drowsy state of ambivalence instead of preparation and perseverance for action, whatever the hour.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 25:1-13
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Family Reflection: Psalm 63
Each day this week have family members share how their soul thirsts for the Lord.
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