November 13, 2011, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"He called in his servants and handed his funds over to them, according to each one's ability." (Matthew 25:14)
1. Prv. 31,10-13, 19-20, 30-31
2. 1 Thes. 5, 1-6
3. Gospel Matthew 25, 14-30 Click Here for Readings
REFLECTION: The servants in the Gospel for this Sunday were put to the test. Two of them passed, one failed. The two who passed did so because they took some responsibility for themselves and their actions. The one who failed did not exert himself, took no initiative or responsibility. What we do with what we have been given will affect our success. Christian hope gives us a chance to be forgiven, to be renewed and to begin again.
PRAYER: Loving Father, we gather together in your presence to look at the special gifts you give us for serving one another. Help us to know our talents better and to use them with more courage and generosity. Amen.
Monday: At table tonight have each family member tell how they are using their talents and gifts to show concern for the poor. Give some specific examples.
Tuesday: In the second reading this week, there is an emphasis on the “night.” In silent prayer today reflect on some of the “nights” that you have experienced in your life. How did you handle them? Did you sense God’s presence on those occasions?
Wednesday: With the family begin to prepare for Advent. As you decorate the house and prepare the overall celebrations, check to see how your faith is evident in your preparation and celebrations.
Thursday: Pray the Joyful Mysteries (click for video) of the Rosary for all children that they will grow in service to God.
Friday: Your talents have been used to feed your family. Gather canned goods from your home to be given to a food pantry that will help to feed families in your area.
Saturday: Next Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King. Prepare for this glorious feast by reading the Scripture reading:
Ez. 34, 11-12, 15-17
1 Cor. 15, 20-26, 28
Matthew 25, 31-46
PRAYER: Lord, help us to prepare for your coming by the way we live each day. May your living presence in creation, among your people and in the special gift of the Eucharist, ready us for your final coming. Amen.
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