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Stay tuned. Reflections on the daily mass readings will continue again in early to mid-December. Thank you.

God tells us to obey all legitimate authority

Wednesday, 11/15/18

In the first reading we are commanded to obey
all civil authority.

In the Gospel Jesus told the cured men to
register with the priests.

Both in life and in death, we are the Lord's


Tuesday, 11/11/13,

The followers of Mother Frances Cabrini whom we honor today was  a model for all of us by never
growing weary of serving God.

She took for hereof today's Gospel where it says, "When you have done all things well,
call, yourself an unprofitable servant. "

She applied to herself Paul's words, "No one lives as his own master. Both  in life and in death we are the Lords’.










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We should do our best in helping those in need,

Sunday, 11/11/11

The widow of Zaraphah had the makings of
a role to prolong her life for one more day,
but she gave it to the prophet, even though
it meant instant death for her.

When we  help another way counts is not
the value of the gift, but your kindness in
depriving yourself.

Saturday, 11/11/18

Today's readings urge us avoid attachments to
money or to any wealth of petition.

Our religion teaches us that we cannot serve
two masers, wealth and God.

Our common sense tell us≤ "You can't rake it
with you."

The water flowing from the temple are the graces we bring away from church.

Friday, 11/9/18

The Lateran is one of the seven hills on which Rome
was built. On his conversion Emperor Constantine
gave the Lateran Hill to the pope for the first Catholic
church. It is dedicated to John, the beloved Apostle.

In the reading from Ezekiel the water flowing out
from the temple represents the grace and goodness
we bring out to the world from our prayerful time in
church.







The Council of Trent in 1565, Vatican II in 1865

Thursday, 11/4/18

The Catholic teachings and rules of life life laid out for us at
the Council ofTrent were copied from Cardinal Cajetan's
Commentary on the Catholic teachings and practices in
Middle Ages.

The Catholic teachings and rules of life followed by
Vatican II come from the writings of two Eighteenth
Century French priests who went back to the time
of the Apostles for the explanation of true Catholicism.

In 1850 Pope Pius XII condemned the writings of
Father Lubac and Congar for their departure from,
the teachings of Trent. But in 1880 Pope John XXIII
named them as special counselors to Vatican II.

The differences between them can be seen in Trent's
teaching that unbaptized souls cannot merit heaven,
While Vatican II states that "The dignity of man 
consist in this that he is called to converse with God, 
and his invitation to converse with God comes to
him at the first moment of his being."


It is God who works in us both to will and accomplish.


Wednesday, 11/7/18

In the first reading Paul showed particular
 love for the people of Phillpi, who among his
host peoples insisted on feeding and  caring for
him.

He urged them not to take full credit for their
 kindness. We too cannot take to ourselves credit
for our kind acts. He said, "It is God who works
in us both to will and accomplish."

Although he was in the form God, he emptied himself.

Tuesday, 11/6/17

This is among the most beautiful passages in Scripture.
You should read over and over, even memorize it,

Have among yourselves the same attitude 
that is also yours in Christ Jesus,

Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and, found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

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We implement out love for God by loving our neighbor

Monday, 11/5/18

Paul urges us to love God by loving our fellow man.

From 2060 to 2080 I manned St. Paul's parish in
Jacksonville with an Irish priest. Father Jim Corry.
He called me from Ireland yesterday; and we spoke
about former parishioners of whom we were both
very fond.

No people could be farther apart than we were.
But in twenty years we never had a falling out.
The many differences  we shared were smoothed
over by our love for God

We express our love for God by loving our neighbor.

Sunday, 11/4/18

After Jesus said the two greatest commandments were to
love God with our whole hearts, and to love our neigbor
as ourself,he complimented the scribe for joining them
into one commandment.

Truly, we express our love for God by loving his other
children as we love ourselves.




MY SOUL I THIRSTONG FOR THE LIVING GOD

Saturday.11/3/i8

Paul said, "For me is Christ, to die is gain."

We admire Paul for his ability to give up this life 
in exchange for life with God, and we wonder how
far off we might be from feeling what we should. 

What we shall be has not yet been revealed

Thursday, 11/1/18

Today we honor all those who have died in God's
friendship. The Gospel identifies.

The Gospel identities them as all those who
copied Jesus in being clean of heart, meek,
strivers after goodness.

In the first reading St. John gives us his very
artistic vision of what heaven.

In the second reading Paul tells us no one
knows what kind of existence God has
planned for those who died loon him. He has
only let us know that we will become like him.

Strive to enter through the narrow gate.

Wednesday, 10/31/18

In Our Lord's time almost every town was a walled one.
The exit way from each town was outfitted with benches
where the town-leaders could meet, deciding on the steps
to take for the town's safety. Foremost among their decisions
were those to close the gate when the town was threatened
by robbers or  disease.

It sometimes happened that someone on a journey or out
working in the fields would return to find the town gate
firmly shut and barred. For such ones, the leaders provided a
narrow gate, hidden around the town's hill side. They also
stationed a gate-keeper who would only open to those who
were familiar to him.

Metaphorically, we strive to open through the narrow gate
when, instead of leaving our salvation open to chance, we
work at it day and night.