November 8, 2016

Nov. 8

November 8, 2016:  Tuesday, 32nd week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Heart' pin:  "Take delight in the Lordand he'll grant you your heart’s requests.  The Lord watches over the wholehearted" (psalm)

  • 'Silverware' tie bar: 'Wait on me while I eat and drink.'" (gospel)

  • 'Sheep' tie bar (not shown): "Would you say to your servant back from tending sheep..." (gospel)

  • Flag-themed tie:  Election Day

  • Green in NEW shirt:  Ordinary Time season

Pope Francis homily
To be the Lord's faithful servants, we must avoid dishonesty and pursuing power.  Leaders are the ones who serve.  Jesus turns the world's values upside down.
Dishonesty is duplicity, playing both the ‘God’ and ‘world’ cards.  Dishonesty and the pursuit of power take away our peace of mind and leave an ‘itch’ in our hearts; we live in tension, concerned only about appearances, fame, and fortune.  Lord, free us from these obstacles so we may find serenity and serve you.
We're God's children, not slaves; when we serve him freely, we feel deep peace.  God calls, “Come, good and faithful servant.”  Lord, give us the grace to overcome these obstacles and serve you freely in peace.
We're unworthy servants; we can't do anything on our own.  Lord, open our hearts, let the Spirit in, and transform us into children free to serve you.
    Mulberry tree
  • Ti 2:1-8, 11-14  Older men, be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and endurance; older women, teach good, be reverent, not slanderers or addicts.  Be a model to the young, with integrity, dignity, and sound speech.  God's grace has appeared, saving us and training us to reject godless ways and to live temperately, and justly, awaiting the appearance of God' glory and our savior, who gave himself to deliver us and make us his own...
  • Ps 37:3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29  "The salvation of the just comes from the Lord."  Trust in the Lord and do good.  Take delight in the Lord, and he will grant you your heart’s requests.  The Lord watches over the wholehearted and makes their steps firm....
  • Lk 17:7-10  "Would you say to your servant back from work in the field, ‘Come take your place at table,’ or ‘Make something for me to eat, wait on me, and eat when I'm finished'?  When you've done what's been commanded, say, 'We're unprofitable servants; we've done our duty.’"
    • Creighton:  Titus urges his hearers to abandon godless ways and worldly desires.  Jesus urges us to go beyond the expected.  May each of us find our way given our talents and gifts to share.  May we promote peace and justice as we cast our ballot today.
      St. Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity Catez
    • One Bread, One Body:  "The beauty of order":  In creation, God brought order into "a formless wasteland" and "the abyss."  Order makes things beautiful and expresses love; disorder is destructive.  Jesus has bequeathed us peace, shalom-order.  Our churches should be beautiful creations of God's love, especially the people and their relationships. The pastor needs good relationships with parishioners, husbands and wives should love each other, we should teach each other how to love.  When our relationships are in order, the earth is re-created in the Spirit,...
    • Passionist:  Today’s gospel is blunt about those with heroic self-opinions:  snap out of it.  We're all called to serve one another, even when we don’t feel like it.  Our prayer should be one of humble gratitude:  "We're unprofitable servants; we just did what we were obliged to do."
    •  "We have only done our duty":  How unfair for the master to compel his servant to give more than what was expected!  But we're called to serve God and neighbor selflessly and generously.  We servants of God can never put God in our debt or claim God owes us anything. Service is both a voluntary act and a sacred duty.  True love is sacrificial, generous, and selfless.  God created us in love for love and fills our hearts with love that gives for the beloved's sake.  God honors those who love and serve others....
    • Today's Saints

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