November 8, 2014

Nov. 8

November 8, 2014:  Saturday, 31st week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Horns' tie:  The 'horn' of the just shall be exalted (psalm)
  • 'Penny pincher' button:  You can't serve God and mammon (gospel)
  • 'Heart' tie bar:  God knows your hearts (gospel)

He's not heeding today's gospel!

Pope Francis

To Focolare:  We need to act as brothers and sisters, so everyone can recognize we belong to Christ.  Christians are challenged:  many aren't free to express and live their faith publicly, and many are persecuted.  These and other challenges are a call to commitment, perseverance, and patience, leading to to unity, witness, confidence, and courage.
To adult scouts:  Continue on the path of family, care of creation, and the city, contribute to the common good, and train to be good missionary disciples of the Lord Jesus.

  • Phil 4:10-19 I've learned to be self-sufficient:  how to live in need or with abundance, well fed or hungry, strong through Christ for everything.  Only you gave to me at the beginning; your gift to me earns you interest.  God will supply what you need from his riches in Christ Jesus.
    Wordle: Readings 11-8-14
  • Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a, 9 "Blessed those who fear the Lord," delight in his commands, conduct themselves with justice, and give generously to the poor.  They'll be remembered and exalted.
  • Lk 16:9-15  “One trustworthy or dishonest in small matters is the same in great ones.  No servant can serve two masters; you can't serve God and mammon.”  (to sneering Pharisees:)  “You justify yourselves in others' sight, but God knows your hearts.”
    • Creighton:  Paul thanks his friends for their concern and money, emphasizing their growth through generous sharing.  Wealth can be a blessing or burden; Jesus warns about making it a life goal.  May we share our wealth, not become attached to it.
    • One Bread One Body:  "Trustees":  Some lose trust in God because they're disillusioned by Christians who aren't trustworthy.  May we trust God with all our heart and ourselves be trustworthy.
    •  Generous giving is connected with almsgiving.  Rabbis said, "The rich help the poor in this world, but the poor help the rich in the world to come."  God rewards those who help the needy from the heart.  Generosity enriches the giver.  We can't outmatch the generosity of God who gave us Jesus, the Spirit, and all we have.  What controls/rules my life?  May we be possessed by God's love (vs. 'mammon':  material wealth...).

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