Thought for the Week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER

November 7-13, 2021

 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Kings 17:10-16;Psalm 146:7-10; Hebrews 9:24-28;Mark 12:38-44

Today the Psalmist reminds us that “The Lord…secures justice for the oppressed.” When we look around our world today, as well as the past which is still with us, we see tons of injustices. Do we really see them or are they just humdrum events, which we wish would just go away and stop bothering us? I know that often times I become so disappointed and overwhelmed by what I see, I wish I could just close my eyes and it would cease. Elijah the Prophet saw the plight of the woman and her son. However, he boldly asks the woman to give him all she has. God tested her faith and was not disappointed. Because of her generosity and faith, she was rewarded with justice. Unfortunately, the poor keep giving and giving, but receive little recompense. Are we not God’s ministers today through whom justice must be imparted, as in Elijah’s day?

In Mark’s Gospel Jesus praises the poor widow who gave all she had to the church’s treasury. What does this story teach us? Perhaps, that the poor are often more generous than the rich; that the poor and the enslaved often have a better or clearer understanding of the Gospel or that the poor remind us to give more than just our surplus. We are conduits through whom God’s mercy and justice can come into the world. Jesus died once for all of us; now we must die to ourselves and seek out that path which will lead us to generosity. Then, we can say, “Surely justice was secured for the oppressed.”

National Vocation Awareness Week begins today. This is time set aside to honor priests, deacons and those in consecrated life. It’s a good time to say, “Thank You” to those we know. Prayers are always appreciated and give support to these men and women throughout the world. Let us especially remember those who are ministering in countries that are unsafe.

November 11 gives us an opportunity to thank all those veterans, who served in the armed forces in the name of freedom and security. May they be richly rewarded and offered all they need to recover from the horrors of war. For those in our families who have gone before us, we pray.

November 7th celebrates Mary as Mother and Mediatrix of Grace. When we look at Mary, we see that she is a woman full of grace. The Annunciation and the Nativity are two major events of grace-filled experiences for Mary. Even though Jesus was not ready yet for the public eye, he obeyed Mary at the Wedding Feast at Cana and turned water into wine at her bidding. We can be confident that she will intercede for us, too.

Blessed John Duns Scotus, OFM was a university professor. He is one of the four most important philosopher-theologian of the Middle Ages along with Aquinas, Bonaventure and Willian of Ockham. He defended the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. He also maintained that Jesus Christ’s coming to earth was not dependent on humankind’s sinfulness, but purely on the love of God for humanity and his wish to show and share that love.

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica is remembered on Wednesday. To build this basilica and papal palace in the 4th century Constantine the Great had to sweep away Castra Nova (New Fort), the lavish headquarters of the imperial horse guard, constructed over a century before. Before that the palatial residences of the most powerful Romans were destroyed. The popes lived here into the Middle ages.  In the 17th century another basilica was built over Constantine’s ruins. Using modern technology archeologists are viewing these various levels of history.

Saint Leo the Great, pope and doctor, worked tirelessly in the 5th century against many heresies, predominantly the one that said that all material thins are evil; he defended the doctrine of the two natures of Christ, human and divine and had a very down to earth care of the people of God. Franciscan Media

Several other saints that you might want to investigate are Saint Martin of Tours, Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr and St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, virgin.

 

“Praise the Lord, my Soul.” Psalm 146

 

Sister Rosemarie Goins