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Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
ThursdayOctober 20, 2016
Wish Fr. Francis a HAPPY BIRTHDAYas he celebrates the 86th yearof his journey to his eternal home!
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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, be merciful to me a sinner! God has not issued a buy in for heaven... if you donate $100,000 you're in, you are the elite, or tithe from every cent you have ever earned, or if you have kept every law without fail. These are not his conditions of justification. He asks only that we live in the truth of who He is and who we are; that we long to see him face to face, and that we would give our very life for him! God's mercy is a great consolation because as much as we might like to be perfect, we are human and we cannot help but struggle with sin. When we accept that with humility we can rest in his mercy!
Jesus aligns himself with the poor, the brokenhearted, the crushed (Ps 34:2-23). We hear in all the readings this week how God hears and answers the cry of the poor! How does He respond to the self-righteous? He confronts them, humbles them (Lk 18:14), removes their memory from the earth (Ps 34:17)! Yet the poor He affirms and redeems. The one who serves God willingly is heard (Sir 35:20)!
What an example Paul is to us. He pours out his life willingly for the Gospel. Even in court he does not defend himself, rather he continues to preach, to complete the work God has given him, regardless of the cost to his own person, his very life (2 Tm 4:6-18). He depends and trusts completely in God, like a child. This attitude of humility is what makes our service to God and to his people sweet, knowing that it is not us, rather Christ within us, who serves. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, be merciful to me a sinner! – Bernadette Harmon for Fr. Francis Martin
"The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen." (2 Timothy 4:18)
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October 28: Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles(Audio Homilies)
ReflectionHumility: It's Twelve Degrees (Rule of St. Benedict ch.7)
First ReadingSirach 35:12-14, 16-18
PsalmPsalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
Second Reading2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
ReflectionContemplation and Healing the Heart #5
First ReadingWisdom 11:22–12:2
Second Reading2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2
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