A Reflection From Fr. Gerry
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
I think that there are some of us who would find the last part of this parable rather disturbing. On the surface, he was endorsing the idea that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. But surely, we all know Jesus better than that. No one ever had more respect and compassion for the poor than Jesus did. But in this parable, Jesus was not just discussing economics, we know where he stood there. He was talking about a law of life that applies to all of us, rich and poor alike.
The first thing to note is that each one of us has an endowment from God. We do not all have the same, some have more, some have less, we are not alike, we are all different.
Some years ago, we heard a lot about this scientific technique called cloning. I don’t know a lot about his except it has something to do with genetic engineering. The idea seems to be that someday scientists will be able to control the hereditary process so that a child may be the exact copy of a parent or an athlete and so on. Well the great giver of life did not see fit to do it that way. He made us all different, distinct, separate-no two of us are alike and I believe it will always be that way. Each one of us is an original and I think that is good to know. We all know that some people have more ability than others, some people have more opportunity than others, some have more money than others, some accomplish more than others. But Jesus is not talking about what a person accomplishes but what he or she accomplishes in comparison with what they have. This is the clear message of this gospel. One man earned 5000 pieces of silver, the other earned less but Jesus considered what they started with and commended both. He lashed out at the person who did nothing with his talent. It reminds me of the story of the widow’s mite, she gave what she had to what Jesus thought was a good cause and yet Jesus named her the grand champion of all givers.
I am reminded of a story about a Special Olympics for the handicapped that I watched many years ago. I watched a young man with Down’s Syndrome sprint down the track as fast as he could. I was even cheering for him from my recliner, I think everyone was. He finished last and he did so smiling! He was still a winner because he did the best, he could with what he had. If we try to do the best, we can with what we are given, that I would call good religion. Father help me to use well your gifts to me today. May God go with you.
READINGS FOR NOVEMBER 15, 2020
33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Reading—Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31—A worthy wife has value far beyond pearls. She deserves payment for her labor and praise for her work: “Let her works praise her at the city gates.”
Responsorial Psalm: 128—“May the Lord bless us, may the Lord protect us, all the days, all the days of our life.”
2nd Reading—1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6—According to Paul, Christians are children of light. They belong not to dark no to night but, rather, to day and light. They should be awake, sober, and alert.
Alleluia—“Alleluia! Remain in me as I remain in you, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me bears much fruit. Alleluia!”
Gospel—Matthew 25: 14-30—Jesus told the parable about a man who went on a journey and gave his servants money. On his return, he said to the one who made the greatest profit, “Well done…I will give you great responsibilities.”
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
1) Let us pray for the Church:
May your people, O God, live in the light of your love.
Bless our leaders and bring healing to those who are troubled.
2) Let us pray for peace in our world:
Creator God, help the nations find the pathway of peace. We pray for all people in war torn countries. May the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit fill the hearts of all.
3) Let us pray for the poor and the destitute:
Lord God, may we remain awake and sober to the truth of the Gospel.
Grant us assistance in carrying out the work of peace and justice.
4) Let us pray for the sick:
May our brothers and sisters who dwell in the darkness of pain and suffering come into your healing light, especially —
Holly Francis Tony & Betty Morici Dolores Cumming
Elena Perea Dot Tebelman Sister Judy Jones Joyce Stewart
Jon Barber Rod Mersino Kimber Fox Robert Frazier
Andy Rubin Ron Rubin Katy Powers Ellen Johnson
5) Let us remember the dead:
We pray for our beloved dead, and for all the faithful departed of our parish, especially —
(5:00 Mass) Ted Middleton
(8:30 Mass) Richard Moon, Angelo Rimi
(10:30 Mass) Patrick Mooney, Teri Luckey
Grant all our deceased perpetual light and everlasting peace.
6) Let us pray for our personal needs:
God, Giver of every gift, see the gratitude in our hearts and grant our innermost wishes. Keep all hunters safe in this season.
We pray to the Lord…
ANNOUNCEMENTS – November 15, 2020
- The Right-to-Life Christmas Card sale is taking place this weekend in the gathering area after all of the Masses
- Middle School Youth Group will meet Tuesday, November 17th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for 6th, 7th & 8th
- Thanksgiving Food Distribution will take place Monday, November 20th.
We are accepting Bueche’s gift cards in lieu of food this year. You can leave them in the box at Bueche’s or in the basket on the baptismal font. Our Distribution will take place this coming Monday.
- Our Bible Study will conclude this Tuesday, November 17th at 9:30 a.m. in Hardy Hall.
- The quilting and craft group will meet next Saturday, November 21st at 10 a.m. in Solanus Hall.