Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Homecoming Part II






Our  hearts were made for You, 
O Lord,
and they are restless 
until they rest in you. 


                                          St. Augustine


If you read this space with any frequency you know that one of its main purposes is to highlight connections between the music we sing and the day’s scripture.  You will also be quick to notice the connections between each Sundays’ first reading and gospel. 

In today’s readings both the prophet Malachi and Jesus are critical of the religious leaders of the day.   Paul’s tender words to the church at Thesalonika stand in stark contrast to these aforementioned leaders who do not keep the ways of the Lord and fail to be impartial in their decisions.

A second way of viewing today’s readings is to see how they fit into the scripture selections for the liturgical year.  With this in mind, I point you to the gospel for the last Sunday of the liturgical year:  The Solemnity of Christ the King   Matthew25:31

Jesus tells us The Son of Man….will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.   The basis of this evaluation will be how they/we have cared for His “least ones.”

During our gathering over the next several weeks we will be singing the Litany of the Saints by John D. Becker (#717).  I’ve chosen it to both honor, petition and seek the inspiration of these ordinary men and women who have lived extraordinary lives.

Peace,

Bruce


Would you like to have your loved one remembered this November at St. Mary's?  Bring a picture to be displayed on our memory boards.   There is a basket at the front door of he church.  Be sure to put your name, phone number and e-mail address on the back of the picture.  Pictures can also be dropped off at the parish center.

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