Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 5, 2017

Preach without wordsThis is the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. How often have we heard, “Practice what you preach!” We know that we should “walk the talk,” and that how we are reveals the truth about who we are – but it can be a real challenge! Christ is our true Teacher and Master, and living as a humble servant is simply living in right relationship with God and others, following the example of Jesus. So on this stewardship weekend, we have to ask ourselves: how are we choosing to give and serve – among our Epiphany community, in our family and in the larger community?

Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.(St. Francis of Assisi)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Mal 1: 14b-2: 2b & 8-10. Is not God the source of each one's life? We must practice what we preach, and not be the cause of anyone’s turning away from God.
  • 1 Thes 2: 7b-9 & 13. Paul worked hard for the community since the message was not a human one—the gospel must be put into action.
  • Mt 23: 1-12. Their words are bold but their deeds are few...don't follow them. How we are reveals most truly who we are.

Of Note:

  • Liturgies for the Feast of All Saints will be celebrated at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
  • This is Stewardship Commitment Weekend - after all the Masses, come to the Stewardship Social! Fill out your stewardship commitment card while enjoying food and fellowship in the Community Center.
  • Take a look at the colorful memorial altar in the narthex/gathering area. Epiphany's Latino families have brought in photos of beloved dead and harvest offerings of flowers and fruits to celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). Add a photo of your loved ones, or a card with their names, through November 18-19, 2017 (items to be picked up November 25-26, 2017).
  • On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM a Memorial Mass will be celebrated for those who have died during the past year. Come to remember a loved one and/or to support those who are grieving. A reception follows.
  • During November we remember those of our community who have gone before us by singing a litany of “Epiphany saints,” naming parishioners who have died since our founding in 1971. That’s a lot of saints, so it takes us several weeks before we get through them. Thanks to the official and unofficial models, who show us how to live as a part of the “Communion of Saints.”
  • 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.