November 19, 2014

Nov. 19

November 19, 2014:  Wednesday, 33rd week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Lion,' 'cow,' and 'man' pins:  Creatures resembled lion, calf, man. (1st reading)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  The creatures were covered with eyes. (1st reading)
  • 'Crowns' tie:  They throw down their crowns before the throne. (1st reading); nobleman became king (gospel)
  • 'Angel with trumpet' pin:  Praise him with the blast of the trumpet (psalm)
  • 'Coin' button:  Nobleman gave coins to servants... (gospel)

Pope Francis audience
Holiness, a gift the Lord offers everyone everywhere, is rediscovering ourselves in communion with God, in the fullness of his life and love.  We're called to become saints by living with love and offering witness in our daily tasks, living your ministry, loving your family, working with honesty and competence, serving others, being receptive to grace working in us, becoming signs of God's love and presence.  God gives the grace to travel the road to sainthood; don't be discouraged.
Ask, "How have I responded to God's call to holiness?"  God doesn't call us to something hard or sad but invites us to share his joy, to live and offer our lives, making it a gift of love for the people around us, beginning with little things like refusing to gossip at the store, listening to your son, praying, going to Mass, making a good confession, or helping someone in need.  Every step makes us better, free from selfishness and self-absorption, open to others and their needs.
Here's the call:  "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's grace.... so that in all things God may be glorified" (4:10-11).  Accept it with joy, and support one another, because we travel the path together, in the Church Christ loved and made holy.  Go forward with courage!
  • Rv 4:1-11  I saw an open door to heaven and heard a trumpet-like voice:  “I'll show you what must happen.”  A throne was in heaven, and on it sat one whose appearance sparkled.  Around it were a brilliant halo and elders on 24 more thrones, crowned and dressed in white.  There was lightning, rumbling, thunder, burning torches, a sea of glass, eye-covered 6-winged creatures resembling a lion, a calf, a man, and an eagle, all exclaiming, “Holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, is, and is to come.”  The elders fell down in worship, exclaiming:  “Worthy are you, Lord our God, to receive glory, honor, and power; you created all things.”

    "Ten coins" from today's readings
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  • Ps 150:1b-6  "Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!" Praise the Lord for his deeds and majesty, with trumpet, lyre, harp, timbrel, dance, strings, pipe, cymbals, everything that breathes...

  • Lk 19:11-28  “A nobleman gave servants gold coins to trade with.  On return:

1st:  ‘Your coin earned ten more.’ / ‘Well done, good servant!  You've been faithful in this small matter; take charge of ten cities.’
2nd:  ‘Your coin earned five more.’ / ‘Take charge of five cities.’
3rd:  ‘Here's your coin; I was afraid, so I stored it,’ / ‘Wicked servant!  Why didn't you at least put my money in the bank to earn interest?’ ‘Give his coin to the servant with ten.’‘To those who have, more will be given, but those who don't will lose the little they have.’”
    • Creighton:  As the servant had to use their judgment to make decisions, so do I daily.  May I listen to God and discern well...
    • One Bread One Body:  As soon as the elders give their crowns to Jesus, another crown is placed on them; they give the glory back to Jesus.  We receive crowns of life, glory, joy; may we cast them at Jesus' feet.  When crowned with glory, we don't pause to admire it. In loving worship, we immediately pass the glory onto Jesus.
    • Passionist:  "I'll show you what must happen afterwards:"  There will be no greater desire or joy than to worship God.  Parable:  Nobleman = Jesus; servants = hearers conspiring against him.  We're either faithful to the graces God gives us or we reject them.  Liturgical year-end readings remind us God is our ultimate fulfillment, and our path to him is through Jesus.  Those who worship other gods (e.g. power, money) or reject the Gospel won't find fulfillment in God.
    •  In the parable, the king trusts his servants and rewards the faithful ones.  Do I trust God will make good use of the gifts he's given me?

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