Newsletter for Sunday 16 November 2014

14 Nov

Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependants

For many, whether in prison or out, there can be moments of feeling imprisoned, trapped, abandoned and in darkness.  The Psalmist knew this when he wrote: ‘The enemy pursues my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead, long forgotten.  Therefore my spirit fails, my heart is numb within me.’ (Ps 142)  Let us pray for all who are imprisoned.

Lord, you offer freedom to all people.  We pray for those in prison.  Break the bonds of fear and isolation, of darkness and helplessness that exists in their lives and in the lives of their families.  Amen.

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“Getting one’s house in order”

Our Fifth Eschatological Reflection

The model of the ideal domesticated wife as portrayed in the Proverbs reading today (but see also Sirach 26:14) serves as a timely warning for us to “get our house in order”.  Now is the propitious moment to prepare for “judgement day” and to make good.

The Scribes and Pharisees had been given the Law of Moses; they’d been given the Temple  (a sign of God’s presence amongst them). But according to today’s Gospel, it seems they had “buried” these gifts in the ground!

We have been entrusted with many gifts and talents since birth and especially since the moment of our baptism.  Have we nurtured and developed these to good effect?  Have we been Gospel-filled people, who integrate prayer and work, who joyfully witness our faith? Have our smiles radiated the presence of God’s love in our hearts? (See Pope Francis, Evangeli Gaudium, para 262)

Fr Philip Sainter

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