The First Reading: Nov 1, 2019 Pope Francis
A Gentle Reminder from Pope Francis
This life will go by fast. Don't fight with people, don't criticize your body so much, don't complain so much. Don't lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.
Never stop being a good parent. Don't worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don't kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don't dedicate yourself to accumulating money.
Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don't put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don't save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.
So what? That's not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect...look...
Everything perfect doesn't exist. Human beings can't accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.
So take this challenge that is life and do it now...love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God's hands. The Inspired word of Pope Francis. All: Amen
Psalm 146 Response: All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!
Praise be to You! Praise the Beloved, O my soul! I will praise you with all my being; I will sing joyfully and with Thanksgiving to You, Heart of my Heart! All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!
Blessed are those who strength is in the Beloved, whose trust is in you O Divine Lover, Who gave birth to the universe—the heavens, the earth, and sea—and all that is within them. You are ever-faithful, bringing balance and harmony to earth, nourishment to body and soul. All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!
You lift up the faint-hearted, giving succor to those who weep. You watch over those on journey, sending guides and angels to lead the way; O, that we might become beacons of light to those in darkness. All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!
May You, who live forever in our hearts, loose the fetters of fear that bind us, that we might praise You always with free and joyful song! May it be so! All: We will sing joyfully and with thanksgiving to You!
Gospel: John 24: 13-55
That same day, two of the disciples were making their way to village called Emmaus—which was about seven miles from Jerusalem—discuss all that had happened as they went. While they were discussing these things, Jesus approached and began to walk along with them. Though they were kept from recognizing Jesus, who asked them “What are you two discussing as you go your way?
They stopped and looked sad, one of them, Cleopas by name asked Jesus “Are you the only who doesn’t know the things that have happened these past few days?” They answered… Jesus said to them, “What little sense you have!...Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, Jesus interpreted for them every passage of scripture which referred to the Messiah. By now they were near the village they were going to, and Jesus appeared to be going further. But they said eagerly, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening—the day is practically over. So the savior went in and stayed with them.
After sitting down with them to eat, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, then broke the bread and began to distribute it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus, who immediately vanished from their sight.
They said to one another, “Weren’t our hearts burning inside us as this one talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?” They got up immediately and returned to Jerusalem, where they found the Eleven and the rest of the company assembled. They were greeted with, “Christ has risen! It’s true Jesus has appeared to Simon!” Then the travelers recounted what had happened on the road, and how they had come to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread.
Gratitude and Thanksgiving List November 7 2019 MMOJ at Sun City Center
Please list an item/person/event for each letter of the alphabet that happened during 2019, if at all possible. You may go back to another year if needed.
Shared Homily: Share from your alphabet of gratitude and thanksgiving for 2019 or words of Pope Francis