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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: November 10, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

The Widows’ Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:

1 Kings 1:10–16
Psalm 146:7–10
Hebrews 9:24–28
Mark 12:41–44

We must live by the obedience of faith, a faith that shows itself in works of charity and self-giving (see Galatians 5:6). That’s the lesson of the two widows in today’s liturgy.

The widow in the First Reading isn’t even a Jew, yet she trusts in the word of Elijah and the promise of his Lord. Facing sure starvation, she gives all that she has, her last bit of food—feeding the man of God before herself and her family.

The widow in the Gospel also gives all that she has, offering her last bit of money to support the work of God’s priests in the Temple.
In their self-sacrifice, these widows embody the love that Jesus last week revealed as the heart of the Law and the Gospel. They mirror the Father’s love in giving His only Son, and Christ’s love in sacrificing Himself on the Cross.

Again in today’s Epistle, we hear Christ described as a new high priest and the suffering servant foretold by Isaiah. On the Cross, He made sacrifice once and for all to take away our sin and bring us to salvation (see Isaiah 53:12).

And again we are called to imitate His sacrifice of love in our own lives. We will be judged not by how much we give—for the scribes and the wealthy contribute far more than the widow. Rather, we will be judged by whether our gifts reflect our livelihood, our whole beings, all our heart and soul, mind and strength.

Are we giving all that we can to the Lord—not out of a sense of forced duty, but in a spirit of generosity and love (see 2 Corinthians 9:6–7)?

Do not be afraid, the man of God tells us today. As we sing in today’s Psalm, the Lord will provide for us, as He sustains the widow.

Today, let us follow the widows’ example, doing what God asks, confident that our jars of flour will not grow empty, nor our jugs of oil run dry.

A Little On Proclaiming The Word

Posted: November 10, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Here’s a little reflection on proclaiming the word of God.

If you want to proclaim the word of God as it should be proclaimed then this is what you will need to do:

  1. You need to first live the Word you are proclaiming. It must be consciously on your mind as you go about your day. The Word must be written on your heart.
  2. You need to read, study the Word and practise to the point that the Word becomes your very own. You are one with the Word you are going to proclaim.
  3. You need a humble and prayerful attitude requesting the Holy Spirit to guide you as you begin, so that every Word you proclaim may touch the ones listening. So as to bring Glory to God.
  4. The Word must flow through you as though God Himself were speaking through you. That is why you are there, to proclaim His Word and not to simply read it aloud.

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Let us bring glory always to the Living God, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 10, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

For a disciple in our Lord Jesus Christ, riches lie in seeking and finding the kingdom of God. For all we will ever need is to be found in the Lord our God. This is not some fanatical thinking or way of life but a reality in the truth. For He is the truth, the way and the life. And so it is our mission to lead everyone to the truth. The love and mercy of God our Father through His Son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

The riches of the world are fleeting. Just as the happiness and all its empty promises. Yet many are drawn to such riches and are beguiled into greed of it. Where does it end? Till the child of God our Father is lost to the world and all its wiles?

Your ways are not my ways says the Lord our God who looks into our heart. Let Him find us striving for Holiness as we choose the narrow path to His kingdom. Carrying the cross and following our master. Who rules and reigns with God our Father together with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen

First reading

Philippians 4:10-19
With the help of the One who gives me strength, there is nothing I cannot master

It is a great joy to me, in the Lord, that at last you have shown some concern for me again; though of course you were concerned before, and only lacked an opportunity. I am not talking about shortage of money: I have learnt to manage on whatever I have, I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength. All the same, it was good of you to share with me in my hardships. In the early days of the Good News, as you people of Philippi well know, when I left Macedonia, no other church helped me with gifts of money. You were the only ones; and twice since my stay in Thessalonika you have sent me what I needed. It is not your gift that I value; what is valuable to me is the interest that is mounting up in your account. Now for the time being I have everything that I need and more: I am fully provided now that I have received from Epaphroditus the offering that you sent, a sweet fragrance – the sacrifice that God accepts and finds pleasing. In return my God will fulfil all your needs, in Christ Jesus, as lavishly as only God can.

Gospel

Luke 16:9-15
Use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I tell you this: use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into the tents of eternity. The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?
‘No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.’
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and laughed at him. He said to them, ‘You are the very ones who pass yourselves off as virtuous in people’s sight, but God knows your hearts. For what is thought highly of by men is loathsome in the sight of God.’