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SAINT LUKE, Evangelist – Feast: 18 October

The evangelist Luke was not one of the original Apostles. He was a convert, a second generation Christian. He wrote “Luke-Acts” for Gentile Christians, or perhaps for Jewish Christians, to show the reach of God’s love beyond the Jewish people. The story of salvation history that begins in the first chapter of his Gospel with Zechariah in the Temple ends with the Apostles gathered in Jerusalem and ends with Paul in Rome. Thus, Luke shows the movement of the Gospel from a small band of Jewish Christians into the wide Gentile world.

The reading from the second letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:10-17) speaks about the problems of an Apostles and a missionary. Paul describes his loneliness and the extent to which he was dependent on others. The same point is made in the Gospel reading as the Lord sends out the seventy two (Luke 10:1-9). There is a stewardship theme to these readings. Some people dedicate themselves completely and absolutely to the extension of the Gospel message. Others assist them with time, money and resources. Both are part of the Gospel’s expansion.

Today, the Gospel continues to move outward geographically and inward personally into the lives of people. Missionaries and those who aid them remain vitality important to the Gospel’s growth.

Prayer: Lord God, You chose Saint Luke to reveal the mystery of Your love for the poor in his preaching and his writings. Grant that those who already acknowlege Your name may continue to be one in mind and heart, and that all the nations may see Your salvation. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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THURSDAY GOOD MORNING BLESSINGS

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JESUS WARNS SOME PHARISEES

Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 11:42-46 – TWENTY-EIGHTH WEEK OF THE YEAR:  Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The dinner party continues to go to pieces. Jesus deprecates the the Pharisees’ insistence on tithing grain, fruit and even garden plants with extreme meticulousness while they neglect justice and love. Their spiritual energies are misdirected.

A lawyer interrupts Jesus to suggest that He is speaking in such sweeping generalizations that some people might think that He is referring to the lawyers as well. Jesus turns on him to say, “Woe to you lawyers!” They laid an increasing number of burdens on people, snowballing religious conventions, expanding simple laws and placing their byzantine interpretations on the same level as revelation.

There are hierarchies of  truth and traditions. It is important to go back to the well in prayer to regain perspective.

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PSALM 16:8 [KJV]

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JESUS WARNS THE PHARISEES

Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 11:37-41 – TWENTY-EIGHTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Here we have a dinner party that turned into a disaster. A Pharisee had invited Jesus to a meal and said the wrong thing. This caused the Lord to explode. Luke gives us a long series of denunciations not so much of individual Pharisee as of a Pharisaism that emphasized rituals over faith. The Pharisees’s remark at Jesus’ ceremonial negligence was the spark that ignited this classic diatribe.

We can guess at the reasons for the Lord’s severity. A religion reduced to externals becomes phony because it misdirects faith, hope and love. A person can be more in love with a romanticized version of “Catholicism” than with the actual community Jesus founded, more devoted to Church structure than to the people of the Church thereby turning the Church (or Judaism) into an idol. The result is that the love of Christ, the very soul of liturgy, parish and prayer, is stunted and misapplied to a fantasy of an idealized religiosity.

Church laws and ecclesiastical conventions are vehicles of the Holy Spirit and should not be obstacles to Him.

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1 JOHN 3:23 [KJV]

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SAINT TERESA OF AVILA, Virgin & Doctor of the Church – Memoria: 15 October

This feast is celebrated with much greater vigor in Spain than in other places. Teresa was a Carmelite nun in the 1500’s who established a strict, reformed branch of her order – the Discalced Carmelites (OCD). Her efforts with John of the Cross at reform were hindered by the pervasive laxity and politicking that pervaded Spanish religious orders at the time.

In 1970, Pope Paul VI named her a Doctor of the Church. Her spiritual writings, especially the INTERIOR CASTLE, are classics, psychologically perceptive and profound. She is a master of the spiritual life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You sent Saint Teresa of Avila to be a witness in the Church to the way of perfection. Sustain us by her spiritual doctrine, and kindle in us the longing for true holiness. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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