Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 19, 2017

TalentsThis is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things!” (Pope Francis) Today’s gospel reminds us that God has entrusted, to each of us, many blessings - which we are called to use wisely. May our prayer strengthen our will to do so, open our hearts to the Spirit’s guidance in multiplying the gifts God’s providence has bestowed, and help awaken us to all the ways Christ comes to us.

The Sunday readings:

  • Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31: A good partner is a precious gift in life. The praises of a "worthy wife" include an awareness that such a woman runs the home, cares for the poor, buys and sells property (a point excluded from this excerpt), and is faithful to the covenant. In other words, such a woman is involved in all aspects of daily life and lives always in faith. "Give her a reward for her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates."
  • Thessalonians: 5:1-6: We do not know the day or time of Christ’s return. It is our determination that keeps that light of Christ burning until “that final day arrives”. How? We have been taught and supported by a Christian community and our God is faithful.
  • Matthew 25: 14-30: Our journey is one “from” God “to” God! Christians should make wise use of the gifts with which God has entrusted them. Our faith is expressed in our love of neighbors and ways that we respond to them. In our service to others, God’s gifts will produce fruit.

Give talents awayOf Note:

  • Discovering the Human Face of God in the Gospel of Mark”, Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 PM. Fr. Eugene Hensell, an insightful and internationally renowned Scripture scholar from St. Meinrad, will be presenting.
  • Anointing of the Sick at all Masses this weekend, November 18-19, 2017. Anyone experiencing infirmity due to serious or chronic illness, accident or age is invited to receive this sacrament. Epiphany healing blankets will also be blessed. Please continue to pray for those who receive the Anointing of the Sick this weekend, and for all the ill and infirm among us.
  • Calling all children and youth: sign up to participate in our 5:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass. Join the choir, bell choir, orchestra or drama groups by signing up in the Connector or calling the office.
  • This is the last weekend for our colorful Dia de los Muertos memorial altar in the narthex/gathering area. Thanks to all our Latino families who prepared this lovely remembrance. If you brought in any photos or other memorabilia, please pick them up the following week/weekend (November 20-26, 2017).
  • Thanksgiving Day Mass, 9:00 AM, November 23, 2017. Join us in thanking God for the many blessings we have received! (Please note the change of time to 9:00 AM)
  • In November we take time to remember our participation in the communion of saints, and all those in our family of faith who have gone before us.
    • Take time to write your loved ones’ names in our memorial “Book of Life” You can find it at the main doors to the Worship Space by the baptismal font.
    • Recall their memory as we sing the litany of saints during our liturgies.
  • Next week is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and the end of our current liturgical year, focusing on the gospel of Matthew. Our new liturgical year begins with the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017. We begin again with Cycle B, praying through Mark’s Gospel (and some of John’s).