November 5, 2013

November 5

November 5, 2013:   Tuesday, 31st week, Ordinary Time

Readings

    Wordle: Readings 11-5-13
  • Rom 12:5-16ab  We, though many, are one Body in Christ, parts of one another.  We have gifts that differ; let us exercise them.  Love, honor, respect one another.  Hope; endure; persevere...  Associate with the lowly.
  • Ps 131:1bcde-3  "In you, O Lord, I have found my peace."  I've stilled my soul.
  • Lk 14:15-24  Many invited to dinner excused themselves.  Enraged master:  "bring in the poor, blind, lame..."  None of the invited will taste my dinner.

Reflections
    • Pope Francis homily:  God invites all us sinners, starting with the most marginalized, to the joyful feast of being saved, sharing life with Christ.  Party with others, not on your own.  Participate fully, be responsible for what God asks of us; don't just be happy to be on the guest list.  The Lord understands and waits for those who say no but doesn't like those who say yes and do otherwise.
    • Prep for Synod on family and evangelization:  The married experience love, become witnesses of God's love, participate in God's creative work.  Family is domestic church, community of life and love.   With God, couples fulfills the vocation of love, engage and enhance life, mirror faith.  Synod will address concerns about marriage, cohabitation, difficult situations, same-sex unions, education, openness to life, person/family relationship—in culture of weakened faith, non-commitment, hostility, devaluing of fidelity.  Many will never see their parents receive the sacraments. 
    • RC.net:  What do I allow to keep me from God?  Grace:  gift with responsibility.  Cheap vs. costly grace
    • Creighton:  We convince ourselves our excuses are OK, but think about what/whom we're refusing.

    Music
    We are many parts/ Haugen (1st reading)

    Apparel



    • "People" tie pin:  we're one body in Christ, parts of one another (1st reading)
    • "Pearl" tie bar:  we have gifts; let's exercise them (1st reading)
    • "Kneeling person" tie bar:  "persevere in prayer" (1st reading)
    • "Hearts" tie with blue background:  "my heart is not proud" (psalm), Marian retreat (see below)
    • "Eyeball" tie pin:  my eyes aren't haughty (psalm)
    • "Wish bone" (from chicken) tie bar:  all are invited to the feast (gospel)
    • White shirt:  remembrance of all Saints and faithful departed (season)

    Blessings to all, especially St. Bede the Venerable parishioners, beginning the "33 days to morning glory" retreat, today considering:  Have I asked Mary to start a divine fire in my heart for Jesus?  How can my obstacles to loving Jesus be overcome?

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