October 31, 2016 – Monday in the 31st Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day:Wolfgang (died: 994)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Philippians 2:1-4    –    Psalm 131    –    Luke 14:12-14

“Beloved, do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

This highlighted quote, above, is the essence of our first scripture reading for our liturgy today. Take a moment to go back and read it again. Slowly so that the words can sink in. Just think of what our world would be like if everyone had this scripture passage as their motto or coat of arms. When you go back over it, try to ask yourself, “how have I let selfishness control my actions?” Or, did I do some charitable work more to be seen than to be doing something good for others? When we get our motives in the proper order things just naturally fall into the right place. You’ll also notice that “doing for others” keeps you focused – not on yourself, but on the larger picture of doing without expectation of any return. I have been blessed in my lifetime by the ministries of several women who really did know what this was all about. My experience working with the Anchor Rescue Mission – run by black Baptist women here in San Francisco taught me the essence of what this admonition was all about. And we were never without enough food to feed however many people showed up. I also had opportunity to work with Holy Names Sister John at McKenzie Bridge as she took care of many people living at the edge of life along the McKenzie River. Here in St. Dominic’s we have been blessed with Dominican Sisters, Anne Bertain and now Sister Colleen McDermottt who have kept a ministry to street people up and running for many years. The interesting fact about all three of these “ministries” is that there was almost never a time when there wasn’t enough of whatever was needed to take care of all who came to the door! The bottom line: whenever we keep our focus on the people we are called to serve it seems the Lord will provide for all our needs. Just to be sure, go back to the top and read through that quote one more time to be sure it has sunk in. Amen!

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