November 15,2015:Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
In the presence of God, during a recollected reading of the text, it is good to ask, for example: “Lord, what does this text say to me? What is it about my life that you want to change by this text? What troubles me about this text? Why am I not interested in this? Or perhaps: What do I find pleasant in this text? What is it about this word that moves me? What attracts me? Why does it attract me?” When we make an effort to listen to the Lord, temptations usually arise. One of them is simply to feel troubled or burdened, and to turn away. Another common temptation is to think about what the text means for other people, and so avoid applying it to our own life. It can also happen that we look for excuses to water down the clear meaning of the text. Or we can wonder if God is demanding too much of us, asking for a decision which we are not yet prepared to make. This leads many people to stop taking pleasure in the encounter with God’s word; but this would mean forgetting that no one is more patient than God our Father, that no one is more understanding and willing to wait. He always invites us to take a step forward, but does not demand a full response if we are not yet ready. He simply asks that we sincerely look at our life and present ourselves honestly before him, and that we be willing to continue to grow, asking from him what we ourselves cannot as yet achieve. (153) Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis
First Reading: Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm: 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
Second Reading: Hebrew 10:11-14, 18
Gospel: Mark 13:24-32
Catechism of the Catholic Church
For man, this consummation will be the final realization of the unity of the human race, which God willed from creation and of which the pilgrim Church has been “in the nature of sacrament. “Those who are united with Christ will form the community of the redeemed, “the holy city” of God, “the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” She will not be wounded any longer by sin, stains, self-love, that destroy or wound the earthly community. The beatific vision, in which God opens himself in an inexhaustible way to the elect, will be the ever-flowing well-spring of happiness, peace, and mutual communion. (1045)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references this week
Do you live as if the Lord is your inheritance? A belief He will never abandon your soul to the netherworld, so you trust in His word of salvation. Do you allow your soul to rejoice and your heart be filled with gladness truly realizing Jesus’ offered the one perfect sacrifice for our sins? How could you fret over your inequities, absorb yourself in your unworthiness, when forgiveness permeates our relationship with God. Sin offerings no longer should preoccupy our conscience for we have been shown the path to life. Life exuding joy in realizing our inheritance is eternal, can never be pried from our being or stolen from our pocket. Life wisely lived to not waste the gift on frivolity, self-glorification of egotistical proportions. Life honed on the path of justice to brightly shine Gospel precepts, bringing many to the realization a just world begets a peaceful world. And not to waste time preoccupied with the end times, for only the Father knows the moment, but attentive to the gift of time we have been given. Trusting in His eternal word, by serving, consoling, loving and proclaiming, we bountifully share the inheritance the Lord has given us.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 16: 5, 8, 9-10, 11
As the holiday season settles in, mark on your calendar time for reflection, a retreat, gathering in a small faith community to celebrate the inheritance the Lord has given you.
Family Reflection: Mark 13:24-32
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Prayer: Adapted from entrance and communion antiphons
Lord, to be near you is my happiness. You have taught me to focus my thoughts on peace, not of affliction and violence the world idolizes. I place my trust in you for my substance, my will, my courage, my hope, for you are my inheritance. When I call upon you, you answer me and have led me back from the captivity of self-absorption. Thank you for the gift of your sacrifice. Thank you in profound gratitude beyond the breadth of my soul. In your dear name Jesus, Amen
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By Barb Born, November 7, 2015 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.