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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 13 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Wisdom 13:1-9
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5ab
Luke 17:26-37

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The last few days have been very busy, and I had planned to spend last evening just catching my breath, when the phone rang. Three members of my family were coming for two days and would be here the next noon. I would be thrilled to see them and they know they are always welcome, but I wasn't ready for company. The night was a busy one getting "my house in order."

During November, the Church liturgies remind us of our role as a Church militant, wherein we have responsibility to pray for the souls in purgatory. The readings also remind us of our own mortality. Today's gospel from St. Luke places emphasis on the speed with which we will meet our final days. There is no further time for preparation.

Going back to my preparations for company, they know they are loved and I am always ready for them despite minor household preparations. Perhaps that is a good model for our own end times. Hopefully our souls could pass the "white glove test" but if not, our hearts and minds are always open to Christ. He knows our every weakness and struggle.

Now I am going to dust the furniture.

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin

Lives of the saints:

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