October 12, 2008, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“The reign of God may be likened to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests…but they refused to come.” (Matthew 22: 2-3)
l. Isaiah 25: 6-10
2. Philippians 4:12-14 & 19-20
3. Gospel Matthew 22: 1-10
REFLECTION: Several years ago, the bishops of the United States designated the month of October as a special time to focus upon the topic of respect for life. We remember in a special way in our prayers and Christian living the unborn, the handicapped, the elderly, the poor, all those whose lives can be endangered by ill health, by scarce resources or by the neglect and indifference of those around them. The readings serve this theme very well. Isaiah reassures us that the Lord will provide for all, with no distinctions. Matthew teaches that the Lord invites all to his banquet.
PRAYER: For the Handicapped Persons
Lord God, healer of all our infirmities and redeemer of our lives; lead us to a deep appreciation of the talents and special needs of al persons, especially those who are called handicapped, and instill in us desire to heal and be healed. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
During this time of the year we celebrate Columbus Day and Thanksgiving in Canada. Gather as a family and recite the things that each of you are grateful for. Respond to each gift with Let Us Bless the Lord.
Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary for those who are handicapped in mind or body.
As a family, before a meal pray the Prayer for Handicapped Persons.
Plan a fall feast for dinner to celebrate the harvest and blessings of this season. In the morning, ask each family member to discover something new this day and tell about it at the evening meal.
Today when we pray the prayer of the Handicapped, be sure to include yourself, that you may be healed of any spiritual handicaps.
Do something today for a person who is handicapped.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your many blessings. And even as we’re thanking you, you continue to bless us. Help us always to have grateful hearts, and to remember that all blessings come from you. Amen.
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