33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 19, 2017
Today’s Saint Quote: Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
Humility is the virtue that requires the greatest amount of effort.
Good Father, I will do everything possible with the help of Your grace to ensure that when You call me home, I will hear from Your lips the beautiful words: “Well done, My good and faithful servant…Come share your Master’s joy.” Amen.
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
For all of you are children of the light
and children of the day.
We are not of the night or of darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do,
but let us stay alert and sober.
Today’s readings take a turn in the liturgy of the Season and tilting towards the advent and coming of the Lord. The Church is a pilgrim Church and all of us are members of this Travelling Church. Jesus is inviting all of us to enter in to this church and be a part of the church by ministering our brothers and Sisters and praying in Holiness. God has blessed every individual with many gifts and most important gift is the gift of the Knowledge of the Kingdom of God. We are invited to take part in this Kingdom actively and build this Kingdom by bringing others who are living in darkness. Today’s Gospel challenges us to be the real part takers or investors of our gifts to the Kingdom of God.
In the Parable Jesus is not talking about the people who have not experienced the kingdom of God or people who live in Sin but about every Christian who has been freely given the Holy Spirit at the time of Baptism. The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit have God’s life and they are not stagnant so every person who possess the Holy Spirit must manifest these gifts and fruits for the benefit of the Community and attract other people who live in darkness and multiply the Kingdom with these gifts and fruits of the spirit.
In the first reading we see the Characteristics of an ideal Wife. The Christian Wife is a helper and giver in the Family who works for the Family and helps her Husband. She is respected in the Community and attracts other Women through her live life. The Word says Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting but only the Character lasts for ever. Today how do we see our Wives or generally Women in our Society. Do we see the charming and beauty in a Women or the virtues which are not visible or convinced in Words? We must look at the deeds rather only the words or the Personality. Beauty will disappear as the age pass by and Charming personality may turn to real nature of a person in reality but a Virtuous Women is the same in all seasons, ages and conditions of life. A Christian is always called see the Christian Character of love, Joy, Peace, Patience, self-Control, humble, gentle, meek so on. A good Christian Chartered Wife makes the families proud of her beliefs and passes on her character to her Children and multiplies her talents without any preaching or by shedding the blood but by being a good Christian example. I was watching Miss World 2017 and the girl who won the Miss World was speaking on her mother’s passed on Christian values. Today even the World is realising and recognising the real values of a Women.
I met a Christian Professional who lived a decent life with all the required luxuries of this World, as we were sharing our Christian Views and a vocation of a Christian, he said I am a Christian and I believe in God and keep all commandments, but I cannot reach out to others by Word or deed because I think it is enough to reach Heaven. I explained him the same Parable of the Talents. He was like that person who received the one talent and dug it in the ground. We have many Christians today who live this kind of life. They are content in their life and want to stay there till their death. The gift of Salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit is to share and multiply. This exactly what the great Christians like Mother Theresa, and saints did in their life . When a Christian shares the life of God with others it has to multiply and turn in to a ministry because the Word of God and gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit have life and it cannot be stagnant . If a person receives the Holy Spirit in Baptism and does not live a life of a Prophet, Priest and King which he is called in Baptism then he deceives Jesus like Judas Iscariot and buries his faith under the Worldly mud of money,Gold,wealth and fame which are one day are going to be rusted or decayed and part of the Ground. If someone says he is a Christian, then he must preach the faith, he has to minister the faith and he has maintain, live and protect the faith. This is the anointing which we receive at Baptism or in our transformation Experience. If we have not experienced this anointing, I must say that we are stagnant in our faith and we require to renew our Baptism and receive the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. A Christian cannot be a Spectator in a drama but an actor all the time. We have many Christian spectators or the Christian people of the attitude of a one talent in the present World. I pray for all these people for an fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit and enkindle every Luke warm Christian with the fire of your love.