The affirmation uttered by our dear founder St. Vincent Pallotti while on his death bed "The Congregation will grow and will be blessed by God” is justfied in many ways because he was convinced of that! Our Congregation has been blessed all the time by new vocations, and here is our testimony; on the 20th October, with great joy and thanksgiving to God and to our founder St. Vincent Pallotti, we received in the International Novitiate community eleven Postulants.
FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN
Our world has suffered so many natural disasters this autumn: earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes. The pictures of lands and buildings devastated and people losing loved ones are horrifying. The ones that hurt me the most are the pictures of missing children publicized by parents and family. They hope their loved ones will be found and families will be united. Many say, “the material things we can replace. It's life that is most important”…and relationships.
In the Gospel we’ve just listened to, Jesus gives us very practical advice about what it takes to be his disciples. He says that to be his followers, we have to do two things: (1) take up our cross and (2) follow him. We have to do both. Taking up our cross isn’t enough. All the sacrifices we make aren’t enough. They have to make us follow the Lord. In the same way, we can’t honestly say that we’re following the Lord if we can’t say no to the things that will keep us from him. Part of following him necessarily means taking up our cross and carrying it in his footsteps, even if it means that our own feet will get bloody and nailed to wood just like our Lord’s were.
Philippians 2:5-11; Psalm 22:26b-27, 28-30ab, 30e, 31-32; Luke 14:15-24
By Nelly Bube
In the first reading today we are reminded of our need to be humble, as Jesus was, “though he was in the form of God” …. “ he humbled himself becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” It is important for us to pay attention to the scripture messages and reflect on the life that Jesus lead, and to be mindful of our invitation to follow His examples in our daily lives.
One of our great human fears is the fear of losing something/someone, or of being lost ourselves. Children fear when their parents seem far away; parents hold on tight to little hands lest they lose their children in a crowd. We check and double check to make sure we know where the house keys or the car keys are. Don’t lose that credit card or you’ll be in trouble! Keep the GPS handy in case you get lost!
How significant that we describe the death of a family member or close friend as “losing” someone. The ever present absence, the sound of the voice remembered but not really heard, the quirks and habits that were so much a part of everyday life, now gone. There is much that is lost.
Philippians 1:1-11; Luke 14:1-6
Today I’d like to reflect on this beautiful letter to Paul, Timothy and “… to all the holy ones in Jesus Christ who are in Philippi…” I can imagine this letter being written to us…today…wherever we find ourselves. It is a message to all of us who are trying to live faithful lives in response to the Gospel message.
Ephesians 6:10-20; Luke 13:31-35
Let’s get ready for battle against the Evil One. Our reading for today, Ephesians 6:10-20, is a good guide on how to protect ourselves from evil, and is one of my most favorite Bible passages. It is one of those passages where if I close my eyes I can envision what this looks like.
“…So stand fast with your loins girded in TRUTH, clothed with RIGHTEOUSNESS AS A BREASTPLATE, and your feet shod in READINESS FOR THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.. In ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, hold FAITH AS A SHIELD, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the HELMET OF SALVATION and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT which is the word of God.”
Ephesians 2:19-22; Luke 6:12-19
None of us is comfortable with feeling alienated from or left out of any group to which we belong. We are social beings and we crave human companionship. We need to feel that we belong, that we are part of the group. And so we need to be accepted, to hear others tell us and show us that we belong. In other words, we need reassurance. This is especially true of our relationship to almighty God. We need to know that we belong to God's family, that we are his friends, and that he loves us. We need the kind of reassurance that Paul gives to the people of Ephesus in today's scripture reading. We sometimes feel like strangers when we approach God. The Ephesians did too. We sometimes feel guilty and alienated from God. The Ephesians did too.
Chapters 11-13 of Luke’s Gospel highlight the growing opposition to the person of Jesus. The charge of healing by the power of Beelzebul, non-observance of prescribed washings, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, are just some of the examples of the opposition encountered. Nonetheless, the reign of God, namely, God’s presence and working, continued to grow in the lives of the disciples.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - pray for us
The events of the current year related to the Covid-19 virus, as predicted by experts, are gaining momentum again. Sickness, lack of good health, deprivation and fear for the future are experiences of almost all people, because they affect each of us in one way or another. Today, when the pandemic is developing rapidly again, and many - often contradictory - comments and opinions multiply, we are also looking for understanding and sense of what is happening. From the human point of view, it seems as if everything that the present time brings is locked within the prevailing virus...
▪ The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. This year it was celebrated on 27 September 2020. In his message titled "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee" the Holy Father emphasizes the listening, understanding, serving, growing, and cooperating. He also invited all Christians to pray for the migrants as they face many challenges.