Spirituality Corner

Please Remember in Prayer

Those, living and deceased, who are listed in our Book of Prayers, found at the back of church.

Anyone can add names to this book each month.

Live the Liturgy

November 17th, 2019 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

God’s fidelity is at the heart of Scripture. Trusting in God’s all-encompassing and abiding presence is what true faith is really all about. The sincere disciples always have their eyes on Jesus Christ and are not distracted by what others are doing or what is happening around them. We know that the world had a beginning, and we know that it will one day end. Trying to predict when that end will come or becoming too preoccupied with the business of others are futile endeavors. All they do is divert us from our main purpose and goal: to live and act in the person of Christ. Being a faithful son or daughter and witness to God’s faithfulness is all that is required and all that we need. If we do this well, it does not matter whether the world as we know it comes to an end tomorrow or at some unforeseen time in the future. We will be ready and properly prepared.

Scripture

Spend Some Time Reflecting on the Daily Readings

Readings for the Week of November 17th, 2019

Sunday:Mal 3:19-20a/Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9 [cf. 9]/2 Thes 3:7-12/Lk 21:5-19
Monday:1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63/Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 155, 158 [cf. 88]/Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday:2 Mc 6:18-31/Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 [6b]/Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday:2 Mc 7:1, 20-31/Ps 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15 [15b]/Lk 19:11-28
Thursday:1 Mc 2:15-29/Ps 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15 [23b]/Lk 19:41-44
Friday:1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59/1 Chrn 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcd [13b]/Lk 19:45-48
Saturday:1 Mc 6:1-13/Ps 9:2-3, 4 and 6, 16 and 19 [cf. 16a]/Lk 20:27-40
Next Sunday:2 Sm 5:1-3/Ps 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 [cf. 1]/Col 1:12-20/Lk 23:35-43

Sharing the Gospel

Sometimes this world can be a scary place in which to live. Fighting, sickness, and storms can kill a lot of people. Jesus says that when those things happen around you, do not be afraid. Even when you die, you can still live forever with God. You have heaven to look forward to. When scary things happen around you, tell the people you love about Jesus. Tell them they can live forever with Jesus, too, so they don’t need to be afraid.

Prayer
Dear God, help me to be brave and tell other people about you.

Mission for the Week
Write down three things that scare you. Tell God about them. Ask God to help you.

Questions of the Week

First Reading
These closing remarks from the book of the prophet Malachi speak of the approaching end-times and God’s judgment upon the world. Malachi teaches us that those who “fear” God’s name will be saved. How do you show your fear of the Lord?

Second Reading
Paul presents himself, Silvanus, and Timothy as “models” of the faith for the Thessalonians. Who from your faith community do you regard as a model to emulate?

Gospel Reading
Jesus speaks about the end-times in today’s Gospel: the destruction of the Temple, false messiahs, and coming persecution. Jesus emphasizes the importance of perseverance. What do you see as key to persevering in the faith?

God already has the solution.