Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Saint John of Capistrano (1386-1456)

Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 18:7-11
Mass: Ep 2:12-22; Resp Ps 85; Lk 12:35-38

Be vigilant at all times and pray that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.

Pope Francis said something in a Vatican News video of the Synod of Bishops that made me smile: 'Couch happiness is probably the silent paralysis that could be our ruin.' A young woman said something else: 'We are the present and not the future, and we must act now.' Both of them are speaking to all of us, that is, as St Paul writes in his Letter to the Ephesians, 'fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus as the capstone'! No matter our current circumstances, whether they be in family, parish, work, religious community, or school, it can be human tendency to sit around and talk about our troubles, wondering what we should do asking, 'what about the future?' What about now? In Christ, we are 'being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.' Why not do something now; get off the couch, gird our loins, and light our lamps. All we have each and every moment is that very moment. We must act now.

Hope is not an idea, it is an encounter; like the woman waiting to meet the child who will be born from her womb.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, October 23, 2018)


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