Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 5, A.D. 2005
Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27
Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
There is so much to think about in today's readings. First, St. Paul writes
a 'thank you' note to all the people who have assisted him in ministry. We
can only imagine what these good people looked like. It would be a good
exercise for us this morning to recall the names of older people in our
parish who were "pillars" of faith and good works. It is good for us to
remember and give thanks to God for them, especially during this time of
Then, it would be good to think of all those in Purgatory who need our
prayers. Each day of November is a day that could bring freedom for our
friends and family who await release there. Today's Gospel commends the
cleverness of the unjust steward. He bought friends! What a wise practice
it is for us to make friends of those in Purgatory through our prayers for
them. Someday we will need friends to pray for us when we too may be
experiencing the cleansing pains of that "vestibule to heaven."
May God give us the loving energy to form greater connections with the
Communion of Saints -- through conversations with saints and prayers for all
who have gone before us in death. God has provided for us His powerful
grace and His loving Eucharistic Presence, but also a whole support group of
humans like ourselves who beckon us to The Kingdom.
Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
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