33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –
READY FOR A PAT ON THE BACK?
On this last Sunday of Ordinary Time, Jesus blesses us with the parable of the talents and the
servants who hear their master say to them, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. … Come and share your master’s joy!” How blessed we will be some day (HOPEFULLLY) to be like the parable servants and hear our Lord Jesus pat us on the back and compliment us on how well we have done with the opportunities and graces (and talents) that he has so abundantly given us during our life here on earth. Will we be surprised to hear that our Lord thinks we did a good job with the responsibilities he has given us? I hope not. I think we are all doing quite well. Let’s keep up our efforts to be good and faithful servants!
Whether your political candidate won or lost in the recent election, all of us as mature Christians
can take some time to reflect and pray about how to respond to others with civility and to treat
everyone with dignity. Here are some ingredients in this process that I gleaned from an editorial in the St. Louis Review.
In order to make amends, if need be, and to honor the dignity and rights of others with whom
we have disagreed, pledge to treat others with respect and rise above attacks and negative comments directed towards us. Pledge to base our political viewpoints in the Gospel of Jesus and a well-formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening. Finally, pledge to encounter others with a tone and posture which affirms that you honor their dignity. Listen to them with empathy and strive to understand before seeking to be understood.
Let us pray: God of all compassion, you call us to love one another as you have loved us,
especially when we face division in our communities. Help us to see our sisters and brothers as beloved children of God. Help us to eliminate incivility and hurtful language with those we disagree with. Lord, our God, be with us in this time of hurt and help us heal our nation. Let us turn to you, Lord, as the source of our joyfulness and our giver of love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN!
A FEW REMINDERS:
+ Our St. Bernadette Parish Council will be meeting this Monday at 7pm in Feckter Hall. This is just a reminder to all that our parish leaders and staff are still trying to plan and organize for the good of our Parish Family, even with the many challenges and limitations due to the pandemic.
+ If you indicated in your recent Stewardship Covenant card that you were interested in some particular ministry or organize, someone should be contacting you in the next few weeks to help you follow through with your interest.
+ Don’t forget to enter in the names of your beloved dead in our parish Book of Life, so that we can all pray for them through this month of December. Also, you can still use your All Souls Day envelope (Nov. 2nd) to submit the names of deceased family or friends whom you would like included in the weekly Mass for those in our St. Bernadette Purgatorial Society.