Titus 2:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29
This reflection is really about and for elders….for people like myself. But younger people need to reflect on it too. I must say that the readings in Titus today were certainly culturally and historically situated in a very different time and place. The part about women being under the control of their husbands doesn’t seem too relevant for most of us. But as an anthropologist, I can see the situational wisdom that we can extract from this very powerful lesson. Anthropologists pay a lot of attention to elders. It seems that our society so values youth that we often fail to see where the age and experience of older men and women can serve as valuable resources for younger men and women. But sometimes I think that the frequent failure of young men and women to honor their elders has as much to do with the fact that elders need to make sure they are worthy of respect. I am an elder and I accept what Titus says about being consistent with sound doctrines in our behavior such as the ones he identifies. No one disagrees that it is good to temperate, dignified, self-controlled, faithful, loving, chaste, enduring and reverent; nor should we be slanderers or addicted to drink.
“If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed…” Luke 17:6
I can’t…I just can’t. Ever hear or say that one? I can’t forgive her for what she did. I can’t do what God wants me to do today, I have this work to do. I can’t love our enemies…not after what they did to us. I can’t turn the other cheek. I just can’t…I don’t have the strength…I need more faith.
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus doesn’t accept that one. He has just explained to the disciples that they are to forgive those who act against them—over and over and over again. And, the disciples—like me—feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task, plead with Jesus to increase their faith.
1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebr 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44
Today Jesus calls our attention to the “two-coin” woman of whom Jesus makes much. Her little amount, amounts to much and we are invited to reflect on how God’s love embraces all, even that which goes unnoticed and uncelebrated.
Psalm 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a+9
Paul, writing in the first century A.D., could easily have been writing in the 21st century. In the first Reading, Paul is responding to the great concern one community of people, the Philippians, have shown him. He notes their generosity of spirit as they have given much to him. When one reads this Daily Reflection, I think each one of us is concerned about the global economy and what it means for us, for our immediate neighbor, and, for our distant neighbor. We are called to be attentive to a concern for others and to be generous in spirit – and, it seems that the present economy of the globe will give us ample opportunity to do so.
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Psalm 46: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9
1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17
John 2: 13-22
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. Constantine built it in the fourth century and the Church has been celebrating this on November the 9th at least since the twelfth century. This is a day to remember our unity with the Chair of Peter and the mother church. However, if we look at the lectionary readings for today, they challenge us to look beyond physical structures, even important, beautiful ones, and meditate upon our call to be holy temples of God.
From 31 October to 03 November 2018 the Roman Pallottine Sisters of their Province St. Vincent Pallotti/Sao Paulo in Brazil held their Provincial Chapter. We are very happy about the invitation by Brazilian outgoing Provincial superior Sr. Joselia Giuliani to participate in their Chapter, as a welcoming sign and step in our reunification process. Sr. Avani Sousa da Silva SAC, the representative in Brazil of the German Provincial Sr. Helga Weidemann made the long trip from the Northeast where our mission is, to Sao Paulo and was warmly welcomed there.
The annual formation meeting for priests and sisters was held on October 8-11 in Novosibirsk, Russia, in the Diocese of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Sr. Irina Cziczerowa, a member of our Pallottine community in Ekaterinburg was the only participant this time. This year the theme of the meeting was "Pastoral work with youth". The meeting was attended by about 80 priests and sisters. Bishop Joseph Werth was also attending this gathering.
On the 18th of October 2018, Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro, Regional Superior and the Community of the Sisters in Masaka/Kigali happily welcomed Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, Rector General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate together with the members of his General Council: Fr. Joseph Lasak, Fr. Denilson Geraldo, and Fr. Romuald Uzabumwana as well as Fr. Rory Hanly, General Secretary of UAC and Fr. José Lino Reinaldo, the Provincial Superior of Brazil.
34 YEARS OF CARING
Park Mount Care Home in Macclesfield is situated in beautiful grounds, it is purpose built and was opened on the 7th December 1984.The site has been the charitable bequest of the late William Goldman. The home was registered for twenty residents in single en-suite rooms, and the first three residents arrived on the 15th December 1984 and by Christmas we had nine residents living here. The home was officially opened and blessed by Bishop Gray on 5th May 1985, by which time it was full with twenty residents. Day care had already begun on 25th March 1981 at premises adjoining St. Albans Church they then moved to Parkmount in 1985.
Day-care was run by Sr. Anne McCoy with the help of volunteers and drivers three days a week. Now day-care is available every day and our visitors can enjoy our facilities a walk in the garden, a meal with a loved one and we can also offer personal care to ensure their regular carer’s and relatives get a well-earned break.
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.