November 18, 2013

November 18

November 18, 2013:   Monday, 33rd week, Ordinary Time

Readings
    Wordle: Readings 11-18-13
  • Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158  "Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands."  The wicked forsake your law and ensnare and attack me; redeem me from their oppression.
  • Lk 18:35-43  Blind beggar / Jesus:  “Have pity on me!”  “What do you want me to do for you?”  “Lord, let me see.”  “See; your faith has saved you.”  Beggar followed Jesus; all praised God.
Reflections
  • Pope Francis homily:  Today people negotiate their fidelity to the Lord, their identity, their belonging to a people God loves.  Lord, help me recognize the subtle worldliness that leads us to negotiate our values, faith, and loyalty to our ever-faithful God:  apostasy, a form of adultery.  Resist hegemonic “globalized uniformity” (vs. true unity), wanting to be like everyone else.  God waits for us, loves us, forgives us.
  • Creighton:  Beggar seized moment, called persistently, was healed.  How can I be persistent?  How can my faith testify to others?  Am I sometimes like the crowd trying to silence the beggar?  Am I faithful despite opposition? 
  • RC.net:  Jesus heals blindness of body, mind, and heart.  Do I recognize my need and seek Jesus out, trusting in his goodness and mercy?  Do I give glory to God for eyes of faith?
  • Marian retreat, day 14, per St. Maximilan Kolbe:  Max's prayer to Mary, Immaculata, Mediatrix:  God entrusted the order of mercy to you.  Take me, repentant sinner, and make of me whatever most pleases you.
Saints/celebrations, from Universalis
  • Dedication of the Basilicas of SS. Peter and Paul
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, religious, missionary to Native Americans, founder of orphanages and school
Music

Apparel

  • "Eyeball" tie pin:  Blind beggar asks for and receives sight.
  • "Clocks" tie:  countdown to Day of Lord
  • White/green/blue shirt and suspenders:  white for all saints and all souls (November), green for Ordinary Time nearing close (season), blue for Marian retreat
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