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Saturday, November 8th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 16:9-15.


Saturday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

8 November 2014

“You cannot serve God and mammon.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 16:9-15. 

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.
If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours?
No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things and sneered at him.
And he said to them, “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.”

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Saturday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

8 November 2014

Commentary of the day

Aurelius Ambrosius, better known in English as

Saint Ambrose

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 Saint Ambrose (c.340-397),

Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church
On Abraham, I, 5, 32-35

“Make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth”

Abraham “sat in the entrance of his tent while the day was growing hot” (Gen 18,1), Scripture tells us. The others were resting but he kept watch for the possible arrival of guests. He was indeed worthy of God’s coming to him by the oak of Mambre, he who sought so eagerly to practise hospitality…

Yes, hospitality is a  good thing  which has its own special reward: first of all, it attracts men’s gratitude; more importantly, it also receives repayment on God’s part. All of us in this land of exile are passing guests. For a little while we have a roof to shelter under but we must move out in no time. Take care! If we have been hard or negligent in welcoming strangers then, when the course of this life has passed away, the saints might well refuse to welcome us in their turn. “Make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,” says the Lord in the Gospel, “so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”

Besides, how do you know whether it is not God you are receiving while you are thinking that you are only dealing with men? Abraham welcomed some strangers but, in reality, he received into his home God and his angels. So you, too, who welcome a stranger are receiving God. The Lord Jesus bears witness in the Gospel: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25,35.40).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Saturday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

8 November 2014

Saints of the day

St. Godfrey, Bishop (1066-1115)

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SAINT GODFREY
Bishop
(1066-1115)

        St Godfrey was born in 1066 in the diocese of Soissons ( France ). At the age of 25, he was ordained priest and became the abbot of the Abbey of Nogent-sous-Coucy.

He was named bishop of Amiens (France) in 1104. He was noted for his rigid austerity with himself, those around him, and in his approach to his mission as bishop.

He was an enforcer of clerical celibacy and an opponent of drunkenness and simony.

        For most of his time as bishop, he wished to resign and retire as a Carthusian monk. In 1114 he moved to a monastery, but a few months later he was called back to his post by the people of Amiens, and he agreed. He also took part in the Council of Chálons.

        He fell sick and took refuge in the abbey of Saint Crépin in Soissons, where he died in 1115.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Saturday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

8 November 2014

Saints of the day

Bl. John Duns Scotus, O.F.M. (c.1266-1308)

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Blessed John Duns Scotus
Franciscan Theologian
(c. 1266 – 1308)

        Blessed John (Johannes) Duns Scotus was one of the more important theologians and philosophers of the High Middle Ages. Born at Duns in the county of Berwick, Scotland around 1266, John was descended from a wealthy farming family. John received the habit of the Friars Minor at Dumfries, where his uncle Elias Duns was superior. After novitiate he studied at Oxford and Paris and was ordained to the priesthood on 17 March 1291.

        He was nicknamed Doctor Subtilis (the “Subtle Doctor”) for his penetrating and subtle manner of thought and he was remembered mostly for his defense of the doctrine of Immaculate Conception.  During the night of Christmas, 1299 at the Oxford Convent, Bl. John, immersed in his contemplation of the adorable mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, was rapt in ecstasy. The Blessed Mother appeared to him and placed on his arms the Child Jesus who kissed and embraced him fondly.

        He died in 1308 and he is buried in the Franciscan church near the famous Cologne cathedral. 

        Drawing on the work of John Duns Scotus, Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the Immaculate Conception of Mary in 1854. On March 20, 1993 John Duns Scotus, the “Subtle Doctor,” was beatified in 1993 by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

        Bl. John Duns Scotus, “The minstrel of the Word Incarnate” and “Defender of Mary’s Immaculate Conception” was presented by Pope John Paul II to our age “wealthy of human, scientific and technological resources, but in which many have lost the sense of faith and lead lives distant from Christ and His Gospel, ” as “a Teacher of thought and life.” For the Church, he is “an example of fidelity to the revealed truth, of effective, priestly, and serious dialogue in search for unity.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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