Sunday 11 November 2018

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018 Remembrance Day 2018

Remembrance Day 2018

Thank you to all the men and women who have served. May we always remember and honour your service and your sacrifice! To the families who have lost members either in the field of battle or who came home changed, thank you. 

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

The readings for this weekend's mass are:

First Reading 1 Kings 17:10-6
Responsorial Psalm 146:6-10 Response 1
Second Reading Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel Mark 12:38-44

The first reading of this week has the miracle of the meal and oil. Elijah comes to the poor widow. He asks of he something to eat. And her jar does not empty and the prophet, the widow and her son have provision through the drought. This example of God’s blessings and provision is called out by Jesus as an example in Luke 4:25,26.

The second reading this week again speaks to us about Jesus as the final High priest. But it also speaks to his return a second time to those who are awaiting him. And yet almost every generation since that time has believed it was the last. From the apostles on there has been a believe that the second coming was imminent. And I believe that is a good thing. As Christians, as Catholic if we believe Christ is coming back soon, it should inspire us even more to live lives worthy. To live sharing our possession. To live to serve others. 

And as today is Remembrance Day, it calls to mind those who served in the military and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. And this ties to our final reading. Jesus judges the widow’s mite as worth more than all the other gifts. Those we remember today gave their lives. 

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