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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 3 A..D. 2009


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Romans 12:5-16ab
Psalm 131:1bcde, 2, 3
Luke 14:15-24


A reflection on today's Scripture:





St. Martin de Porres is an inspiration for fulfilling the gospel reading.

Think of the line from St. Paul's first reading, "Do not be haughty but associate with the lowly." (see Romans 12:16) The man who gave the great dinner desired many to come to the feast, and servants were dispatched to bring in the poor and the crippled when those who had attachments delayed or refused.

St. Martin de Porres' works of charity and mercy invited the "sick and the lame" to the feast and assisted them. He represents, among other things, faith with its good deeds, the fruit of unity with the Master.

Let us take a moment to recall how I have been invited to the banquet and to give thanks for those who assisted in my receiving the invitation and enabled me to accept it.

St. Martin de Porres is said to have lived a humble and disciplined life. Is this a description of my living? If I am restless and feeling unmoored or seem to be sluggish and dull in belief and fervor, perhaps those are clues to my reform so that a humble and disciplined life as a faithful Christian would be more evident.

St. Paul emphasizes that we are one Body in Christ and, individually, parts of one another. In a way, St. Martin de Porres helps us appreciate that from his grace received and cultivated, grace was shared with others.

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

St. Martin de Porres, religious





Lives of the saints:









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