November 5, 2017
This week’s gospel message is reminiscent of the saying, “Do as I say, not as I do.” The Pharisees, at the time of Christ, were focused on their position in society and looked for the honor and privilege that their position provided. They focused on following the letter of the law, but struggled to allow the truth to be embedded in their hearts. The Lord has provided us with rules and guidelines to follow, but if one only focuses on following them externally, one misses out on the greater truth revealed to us through Christ. These rules, that direct our behavior, should also open our hearts. Take a moment this week to reflect on your faith. Ask God to open your heart to the meaning behind the guidelines, and pray they will bring you closer to God.
November 12, 2017
Jesus’ parable this week emphasizes that one must be prepared. We may not know the day or the hour of His return, but we should be ready for it at all times. Imagine all the preparation needed before you go on a vacation. Reservations need to be made, bags packed, and finances set aside. Are you making the same effort in preparing to meet Jesus? What must you do in order to be ready? Are you preparing yourself now, or do you find yourself procrastinating? Heed the warning this parable provides, do not wait any longer, and prepare yourself now. Christ is waiting to receive each of us with open arms.
November 19, 2017
We are reminded this week of the responsibility we have to utilize the gifts we are given. Each one of us has been blessed with gifts from the Lord. Are you utilizing these gifts to their full potential? We are reminded that when we embrace these gifts, and utilize them, they will flourish. How are you utilizing your gifts for God’s glory? Take a moment to reflect on the skills and talents you have? How can these gifts be utilized for the Church? Do you have a beautiful voice, consider joining the choir? Skilled at teaching, catechists are always needed to teach religious education. Do not let your gifts and talents be wasted, embrace them and utilize them for the glory of God.
November 26, 207
“Whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers of mine, you did for me.” This verse, is one that we should all strive to remember, and take to heart. It is a call to action, a call to serve our community, and provide charitable actions to those in need. Jesus reminds us that our actions, or lack of them, are important. As followers of Christ we should not over look the needs of those around us. The Corporal Works of Mercy allow us to express our faith, and show it to others through our deeds. As we move into the Advent season, and begin to prepare for Christmas, take a moment to remember those in need. This time of year the needs of others are great, but so are our opportunities to provide for these needs. How can you show your faith through your actions this holiday season? How can you show the love of Christ to others through your deeds? Embrace one of these opportunities, and express His love through your action.