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Studying God’s Word

1 Kings 17:10-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44 [155B]
In the readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, two widows are held up as models for the faith. Scripture often upholds the poor and vulnerable in society as resources for discovering God’s presence in the world.
The first reading comes from the First Book of Kings. As the title implies, much of the content of this book covers the activities of the kings of Israel and Judah, beginning with King Solomon in the later stages of the United Monarchy (960–922 BC) and ending with King Ahaziah, who reigned for only two years in the northern kingdom of Israel (850–849 BC). Accounts of the various kings are interrupted by stories about Elijah and Elisha (1 Kgs 17–22), ninth-century BC prophets from the northern kingdom of Israel. In today’s reading, we hear about Elijah and the widow. The Lord sent Elijah to the city of Zarephath to stay with the widow, and today we hear about their initial encounter. The unnamed widow is presented as a woman of faith, but destitute, with no options left, and preparing to die. In her most vulnerable moment, she meets Elijah. Without hesitation, the widow follows Elijah’s directives, trusting his words that “the LORD, the God of Israel,” would miraculously save her and her son. Because of her trust in the Lord, and her trust in Elijah, she and her son had food to eat for a year.   Continue reading

Celebrating Our Feast Day

All Saints Day… The Saints were here!  Our Family Faith Formation and EDGE youth presented an All Saints Day Wax Museum on Sunday, November 1, 2015.   All Saints “came to life” and shared their story with the donation of any amount of money.  All money collected was given to our St. Vincent de Paul Society.

 

Message of the Week

Reflections from the November 1 Gospel

Matthew 5:1-12a

On this solemnity of All Saints, let us turn to the saints’ reflections upon Christ’s beatitudes.  Blessed are…
The poor in spirit: “Not even God can put anything in a heart that is already full” (Bl. Teresa of Calcutta). They who mourn: “They who weep for their own sins are blessed” (St. Thomas Aquinas). The meek: “There is nothing as strong as true meekness; there is nothing as gentle as true strength” (St. Francis de Sales). They who hunger and thirst for righteousness: “First of all, we must be just towards God… for it is the touchstone of the true ‘hunger and thirst for justice’” (St. Josemaría Escrivá). The merciful: “If a soul does not exercise mercy… it will not obtain [Christ’s] mercy on the Day of Judgment” (St. Faustina Kowalska). The clean of heart: “The pure soul is a beautiful rose, and the Three Divine Persons descend from Heaven to inhale its fragrance” (St. John Vianney). The peacemakers: “Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith” (St. John Paul II). They who are persecuted: “If you really want to love Jesus, first learn to suffer, because suffering teaches you to love” (St. Gemma Galgani).

Questions of the Week

Matthew 5:1-12a:
Which beatitude do you find most
inspirational?
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14:
How does John’s vision bring you comfort?
1 John 3:1-3:
What does 1 John reveal to us about heaven?