Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tuesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Josaphat, Bishop, Martyr (1580-1623)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 35:1-11 Kitchen Servers of the Week
Mass: Wis 2:23-3:9: Resp Ps 34; Lk 17-7-10

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.

For the next two days we are with St Benedict's chapter on kitchen service. One commentator has called verse one of the chapter the center of the Holy Rule, all else flows from it and to it. This is what St Benedict tells us: The brothers or sisters should serve one another. Furthermore, "no one will be excused from kitchen service unless she is sick or engaged in some other important business in the monastery." Why? Such service increases reward and fosters love. (RB 35:2). In all that we do, "we are to serve one another in love" (RB 35:6). One response could come from today's Gospel: We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do (Lk 17:10). May all that we do flow from and to love.


© Gertrude Feick 2019

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