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Readings for the Week – November 8, 2015

Monday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17; Jn 2:13-22
Tuesday: Wis 2:23 — 3:9; Ps 34:2-3, 16-19; Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday: Wis 6:1-11; Ps 82:3-4, 6-7; Lk 17:11-19
Thursday: Wis 7:22b — 8:1; Ps 119:89-91, 130, 135, 175; Lk 17:20-25
Friday: Wis 13:1-9; Ps 19:2-5ab; Lk 17:26-37
Saturday: Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9; Ps 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43; Lk 18:1-8
Sunday: Dn 12:1-3; Ps 16:5, 8-11; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk 13:24-32

Readings for the Week – November 1, 2015

Monday: Wis 3:1-9; Ps 23:1-6; Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9; Jn 6:37-40, or readings from no. 668 or from the Masses for the Dead, nos. 1011-1016
Tuesday: Rom 12:5-16b; Ps 131:1bcde-3; Lk 14:15-24
Wednesday: Rom 13:8-10; Ps 112:1b-2, 4-5, 9; Lk 14:25-33
Thursday: Rom 14:7-12; Ps 27:1bcde, 4, 13-14; Lk 15:1-10
Friday: Rom 15:14-21; Ps 98:1-4; Lk 16:1-8
Saturday: Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27; Ps 145:2-5, 10-11; Lk 16:9-15
Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16; Ps 146:7-10; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44 [41-44]

November 8, 2015 – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Social security as a government entitlement has often been cast as “the third rail” of politics. That analogy refers to the high voltage electrical supply coming to trains riding on the other two rails of tracks. Office seekers are cautioned to avoid touching the subject because it just could kill their chances of getting elected.

Money in general is always a touchy subject in our society because there is always along with it the reality of the haves and the have nots. Early on we learn the etiquette of not asking to know another person’s salary, much less their general finances. Asking about their charitable giving is also off limits. Only God, or one’s tax accountant and maybe one’s pastor really knows and they’re not talking! Yet Our Lord does just that today in the Temple incident, in very concrete terms.

November 1, 2015 – All Saints’ Day

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“I Love a Parade.” I’m pretty sure that Harold Arlen (nee Hyman Arluck, d. 1986) was not thinking of the parade of the saints when he wrote that catchy tune. Yet the picture of a parade conjured up by that old song lyric is what leapt to my mind when I contemplated today’s Readings. That “vision of people which none could count, from every nation, race, people and tongue” would not be standing still, but marching joyfully. I imagine them in their white robes, toting those palm branches and smiling all the way. Different as they would be from each other, their costumes and their joy would be identical. As a unique group, they give meaning to the description of our Catholic Church as “Here comes everyone!”

Some examples of what I mean. Certainly St. Thomas Aquinas has little in common with St. Thomas More, save for their first names and their faith. Nor does fiesty St. Teresa of Avila, a Doctor of the Church who died in 1582 have much in common externally with the shy Therese of Lisieux, also a Doctor of the Church, who died at age 24 in 1897, except for their names, status, and feastdays last month just 12 days apart. But they, and all the canonized saints of our Church, “parade” before our eyes, so to speak, as models for life.