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Parish Daily Update 11/15/20

Dear Parish Family,

“May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly

where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities

that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have

received, and pass on the love that has

been given to you.

May you be content knowing that you are a

child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones,

and allow your soul the freedom to sing,

dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.”

                       ~St. Teresa of Avila

A link to today’s Mass can be found here:  https://youtu.be/1kgTPL4vnYg

God bless,

Pam

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time  

First Reading:  Revelation 1:1-4, 2:1-5

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near. John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace
from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne. 

I heard the Lord saying to me: “To the angel of the Church in Ephesus, write this:  

“‘The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this: “I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves Apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors. Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”’
  

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6

R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life. 

Gospel:  Luke 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God. 

Homily  

“Lord, please let me see.”  Luke 18: 35-43 

Actually, the last thing we want is to “see.” 

We often go to great lengths NOT to see:  We keep walking straight ahead so that we don’t see someone who has fallen into a ditch. We quickly change the channel or scroll down or click off when we come across pictures of suffering and pain. We’ll change direction or detour when we sense trouble ahead.  

No, our prayer is not that of the blind beggar. “Lord, please, don’t let me see pain and suffering, injustice and abuse . . . because, frankly, there’s nothing I can do about it.” 

Or “Don’t let me see it . . . because I could do something about it. But it will require a change I do not want to make.” 

“Seeing” can be a mixed blessing.  Sometimes we actually prefer “blindness” – we’d prefer shielding our eyes from the harsh glare of difficult realities that we’d rather not “see.” 

But only in daring to open our eyes to what disturbs and horrifies us, in intentionally paying attention to the brokenness of others, in putting our own safety and security on the line can we begin to bring about change and healing. 

Today, may the blind man’s request of Jesus in today’s Gospel become our prayer: that we will take on the plight of those around us who are broken and suffering – with eyes wide open. 

O Lord, as you gave sight to the blind man who appealed to you, give us the vision of faith that enables us to see you in every person and behold you in every moment. Do not let us stumble in the darkness of hurt and despair and ignorance.  Illuminate our way so that we may walk in joyful optimism and grateful hope; in turn, may others “see” in us your compassion and care. 

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present
in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.   

Optional Memorial  

Saint Margaret of Scotland (Scots: Saunt Magret, c. 1045 – 16 November 1093), also known as Margaret of Wessex, was an English princess and a Scottish queen. Margaret was sometimes called “The Pearl of Scotland”.Born in exile in the Kingdom of Hungary. Margaret and her family returned to the Kingdom of England in 1057, but fled to the Kingdom of Scotland following the Norman conquest of England in 1066. By the end of 1070, Margaret had married King Malcolm III of Scotland, becoming Queen of Scots.  

She was a very pious Christian, and among many charitable works she established a ferry across the Firth of Forth in Scotland for pilgrims travelling to St Andrews in Fife, which gave the towns of South Queensferry and North Queensferry their names. Margaret was the mother of three kings of Scotland. 

She promoted the arts and education in Scotland. She encouraged Church synods and was involved in efforts to correct the religious abuses involving Bishops, priests and laypeople. 

Her impact in Scotland led her to being referred to as, “The Pearl of Scotland.” 

She constantly worked to aid the poor Scotland. She encouraged people to live a devout life, grow in prayer, and grow in holiness. She helped to build churches, including the Abbey of Dunfermline, where a relic of the true Cross is kept. She was well-known for her deep life of prayer and piety. She set aside specific times for prayer and to read Scripture. She didn’t eat often and slept very little so she would have more time for her devotions. She lived holiness of life as a wife, mother and lay woman; truly in love with Jesus Christ. 

In 1250, Pope Innocent IV canonized her, and her remains were reinterred in a shrine in Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, Scotland. Her relics were dispersed after the Scottish Reformation and subsequently lost. Mary, Queen of Scots, at one time owned her head, which was subsequently preserved by Jesuits in the Scots College, Douai, France, from where it was subsequently lost during the French Revolution. 

St. Gertrude 

St. Gertrude, Virgin (Patroness of the West Indies) Feastday-November 16  

St. Gertrude was born at Eisleben in Saxony. At the age of five, she was placed in the care of the Benedictine nuns at Rodalsdorf and later became a nun in the same monastery, of which she was elected Abbess. The following year she was obliged to take charge of the monastery at Helfta, to which she moved with her nuns. 

St. Gertrude had enjoyed a good education. She wrote and composed in Latin, and was versed in Sacred Literature. The life of this saint, though not replete with stirring events and striking actions, was one of great mental activity. It was the mystic life of the cloister, a life hidden with Christ in God. She was characterized by great devotion to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord in His Passion and in the Blessed Eucharist, and by a tender love for the Blessed Virgin. She died in 1302. 

In 1281, at the age of 25, she experienced the first of a series of visions that continued throughout her life, and which changed the course of her life. Her priorities shifted away from secular knowledge and toward the study of scripture and theology. Gertrude devoted herself strongly to personal prayer and meditation, and began writing spiritual treatises for the benefit of her monastic sisters.Gertrude became one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Together with her friend and teacher Mechtilde, she practiced a spirituality called “nuptial mysticism,” that is, she came to see herself as the bride of Christ.