THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK October 15-21, 2017



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The beautiful Psalm 23 is used in the Responsorial this Sunday. It bears a reading here:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose;

Besides restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul; he guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

With your rod and your staff that give me courage.

You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes;

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life;

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.

This Psalm supports the other readings chosen this Sunday to describe the Kingdom of God.  Isaiah 25: 6-10 gives a description of the end of time.  It is wonderful setting of a banquet, a complete openness and understanding amongst all peoples, the destruction of death and all tears wiped away.  God saves those who looked to him for salvation.

In Philippians 4: 12-14; 19-20 St. Paul describes his experiences in good and bad times and says, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me…my God will fully supply whatever you need…

Jesus speaks of what the Kingdom of heaven is like in the story about a King who gave a wedding feast for his son.  Those invited refused to come and even mistreated and killed the servants who brought the news.  The enraged King destroyed those murderers and burned their city.  He then instructed his servants to bring whomever they found in the streets both good and bad. The hall was filled with guests.  Matthew 22: 1-10  Those refusing to hear and follow the word of God will surely perish.  Those who proclaim the Good News will often be persecuted and rejected.  We see many martyred today for standing up for their faith.

Jesus called in the prostitutes, tax collectors and the sinners, who repented and followed him.  His Kingdom will be filled in accord with his glorious riches.”

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was a French nun in the 17th century to whom the Sacred Heart of Jesus appeared.  He called for an acknowledgement of the the love and mercy that he poured out on the world through his sacrifice on the cross.  Now in the 21st century we hear Pope Francis call for compassion and mercy.  That is the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

St. Ignatius of Antioch was born around 50 A.D. in Syria and is believed to have been appointed the Bishop of Antioch by St. Peter.  He is one of the earliest ecclesiastical writers of the Church.  He was martyred under Emperor Domitian.

St. Luke, one of the four Evangelists, was probably born around the Syrian city of Antioch.  He was converted by St. Paul and was a companion for many of his journeys.  He composed the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.  His works were written in Greek and were geared toward the evangelization of the Gentiles.  As an Evangelist, St. Luke’s symbol is the Wild Ox, the animal of sacrifice, because his Gospel emphasized the atonement of Jesus on the Cross.

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call. Ephesians 1: 17-18

Sister Rosemarie Goins,  CSSF Director

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