November 19, 2017 – 33rd Sunday of the Church Year


Saint for the day: Agnes of Assisi (c. 1197 – November 16, 1253)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-2–30-31–Psalm 128–1 Thessalonians 5:1-6–Matthew 25:14-30

It must be important for us to hear this Gospel because we heard it just the other day for the Feast of St. Albert the Great. But on that day the liturgists chose to leave off the last few verses which condemned the “worthless servant” for not being pro-active with his gift.

This Gospel story is yet another example of how individualistic God is with each of us. He never demands that I be just like someone else but He does demand that I respond to what He gives – or asks – of me. Do we fear God and hold back when He “gifts” us or do we do with the little that we have, trusting that “God will provide.” That’s the motto of my Province but how often do we actually believe it? Like Thomas we say, “God I believe … help my unbelief.” Are we really willing to trust God or do we hide our heads like an ostrich fearful of what might be behind door #3?

The Xtian journey is one of risk and all we can do is trust that God will not pull the rug out from under us. But we have to trust that this little piece of carpet really can fly!

“Alleluia! Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.” Amen!

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