Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 31:1-12 Qualifications of the Monastery Cellarer
Mass: Rm 14:7-12; Resp Ps 27; Lk 15:1-10

The Lord is my life's refuge; of whom should I be afraid?

St Paul writes this in his letter to the Romans: "If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's" (Rm 14:8). I think of words from St Paul from another letter in response: She who boasts, then, should make her boast in the Lord (2 Cor 10:17)!

Your deeds are wonderful:
teach us to boast of your love rather than of our accomplishments.
You are the rock upon which the world stands firm:
grant us faith to depend on you rather than on our own achievements.
(Magnificat, Prayer for the Evening, November 6, 2019)

Walk singing so that life's struggles and worries … don't take away the joy that hope brings.
(Pope Francis, Address, Jesuit Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, Rome, November 7, 2019)

© Gertrude Feick 2019

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