November 3, 2013

November 3

November 3, 2013:   31st Sunday, Ordinary Time 

Wordle: Readings 11-3-13
  • Wis 11:22-12:2  Before You the universe is a grain, dewdrop.  You have mercy on all, overlook sin so we may repent, love all, loathe nothing, spare everything, warn gently.
  • Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14  "I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God."  Lord—merciful, kind, compassionate, faithful—raises the falling.
  • 2 Thes 1:11-2:2  May God fulfill you.  Don't be alarmed about Lord's coming.
  • Lk 19:1-10  Zacchaeus climbed tree to see Jesus.  "Zacchaeus, come down; I must stay at your house."  "I'll give to the poor, make restitution."  "Salvation has come to this house.  Son has come to seek and save what was lost."

    • Pope Francis Angelus:   Climb of Zacchaeus (="God remembers"), lost, despised thief, expressed interior of one seeking to contact Jesus.  Father waits to see desire to return, is close, forgives, makes return path easier.  Welcome God who can change/liberate us.
    •  What would I feel/do if Jesus dropped in?  Augustine:  Crowd blocks sight of Jesus, laughs at the lowly:  “You clod, you can't stick up for yourself.”  Let us like Zacchaeus climb away from crowd, not be ashamed of Jesus/Cross.  How do I make room for Jesus in my life?
    • Creighton:  God created, loves every little thing.  Mercy continues the creator/created relationship.  Zacchaeus, below others in height but above by occupation, climbs to glimpse at Jesus, is "re-sized," welcomes Jesus and himself.  Conversion follows encounter.  Forgiveness is relational.  
    • Universalis:  St. Martin de Porres, St. Winefride, St. Malachy

    I will praise your name, from Celebration Series:  Psalms for the Church Year/ Haas (longer


    • "Balance" pin:  "Before God the universe is as a grain from a balance" (1st reading)
    • "Clocks" tie:  Don't be "alarmed" about Lord's coming (2nd reading) [plus end of daylight saving time today]
    • "Tree" pin:  Zacchaeus climbed sycamore tree (gospel)

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