November 12, 2017:Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
Through his corporeality man unites in himself elements of the material world; these “reach their summit through him, and through him raise their voice in free praise of the Creator”. This dimension makes it possible for man to be part of the material world, but not as in a prison or in exile. It is not proper to despise bodily life; rather “man … is obliged to regard his body as good and honourable since God has created it and will raise it up on the last day”. Because of this bodily dimension, however, following the wound of sin, man experiences the rebellion of his body and the perverse inclinations of his heart; he must always keep careful watch over these lest he become enslaved to them and become a victim of a purely earthly vision of life.
Through his spirituality man moves beyond the realm of mere things and plunges into the innermost structure of reality. When he enters into his own heart, that is, when he reflects on his destiny, he discovers that he is superior to the material world because of his unique dignity as one who converses with God, under whose gaze he makes decisions about his life. In his inner life he recognizes that the person has “a spiritual and immortal soul” and he knows that the person is not merely “a speck of nature or a nameless constituent of the city of man”. (128) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16
Psalm: 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Church encourages us to prepare ourselves for the hour of our death. In the litany of the saints, for instance, she has us pray: “From a sudden and unforeseen death, deliver us, O Lord”;to ask the Mother of God to intercede for us “at the hour of our death” in the Hail Mary; and to entrust ourselves to St. Joseph, the patron of a happy death.
Every action of yours, every thought, should be those of one who expects to die before the day is out. Death would have no great terrors for you if you had a quiet conscience …. Then why not keep clear of sin instead of running away from death? If you aren’t fit to face death today, it’s very unlikely you will be tomorrow ….
Praised are you, my Lord, for our sister bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.
Woe on those who will die in mortal sin!
Blessed are they who will be found in your most holy will,
for the second death will not harm them. (1014)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
For complete text visit: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html
What distractions keep us in the dark, keeping what should be illuminated shrouded in ambiguity? The impulse to do things the easy way, waiting to the last minute or scurrying in haste to defuse our serenity, peace with God. We can do the preparation of trimming improprieties in our lives, but when the time comes to act and welcome the Lord in our midst have we forgotten the most pertinent aspects of faith? A faith that others cannot do for us, but only ourselves surrendering with undivided allegiance. Not when the weekend is over, a month from now, a year into the future or when I retire, but prioritizing believing, living and acting as followers of Jesus everyday and hour. This entails opening our mind to seek the resplendent and unfailing wisdom God has waiting for us to satisfy the desires of our hearts. God never disappoints when we prudently seek Him. A desire God places in anticipation of our reciprocity at the dawn of our seeking, searching and yearning at the gate of our heart as we unlock the deadbolt of indifference. A freeing of opening to the absorption of Divine inspiration as a prudent step along a sacred journey worthy of praise met with all solicitude. Without encountering the wisdom of God, our parched soul lists lifelessly. A venture to the proverbial sanctuary sees God;’s power and glory that we can only praise with our lips and in the shadow of His wings we shout for joy.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 63: 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
“…Thus I have gazed toward you in the sanctuary…”
Spend some time this week at Adoration or before the Blessed Sacrament in quiet contemplation to enter the upcoming holiday season with a sacred serenity to avoid consumerism hoopla.
Family Reflection: Matthew 25:1-13
How does each family member need to live their faith with their own initiative, so they sincerely seek God?
Prayer: Prayer After Communion for Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time
Nourished by this sacred gift, O Lord, we give you thanks and beseech your mercy, that, by the pouring forth of your Spirit, the grace of integrity may endure in those your heavenly power has entered. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
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