Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 31:13-19; Resp Ps 98; Lk 16:1-8

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Today's parable of the dishonest steward takes me to an application of it in following verses of the Gospel. There are two questions posed by Jesus: "If you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours?" (Lk 16:11-12). Make amends today; seek forgiveness; receive and extend the mercy of God; reach out to the one you have neglected; offer a kind word, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:19/RB 3:14); pray for others, especially those with whom you have most difficulty or would rather not pray for at all.

A double heart be from me, Lord ...
A lying tongue be far from me …
Far from me a violent will ...
To witness your law
To love your commands
Be my first love.
(Daniel Berrigan in Uncommon Prayer)

Faith calls for a journey , a "going out". Purifications takes place on the journey of life, a journey that is often uphill, because it leads upward.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, November 8, 2019)


© Gertrude Feick 2019

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