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Tuesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Philippians 2:5-11; Psalm 22:26b-27, 28-30ab, 30e, 31-32; Luke 14:15-24

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.

“I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people”.  The Responsorial Psalm today gives us guidance as to how to proceed, as members of Christian faith communities. We are being encouraged to be vocal and to share, with others, how our faith and how living our faith impacts our lives.

 The Gospel gives the story of our invitation to be actively present and available to God and to others. If we become all consumed with our work, families, friends, politics and so forth, it is easy to forget about the need to tend to and to nurture our faith lives and our faith communities.  The Gospel today gives example after example of people saying to God, “No, I am too busy to pay attention to my relationship with you and my relationship with other members of my faith community.  “ 

The readings today remind us of our need to actively participate in our faith and to proclaim our faith to others.  Time spent in prayer, reflection, celebration and service to others can be joyful and is essential if we are to nurture and grow in relationship with God and with others.

By Marcia Cusic

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* Our Way of Life *

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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