The words from the Second Isaiah are meant to be words of reassurance to a people in exile. God has not abandoned them. He will be their redeemer. God makes promises of divine care that he intends to keep. He makes those same kind of assurances to us no matter how bad things might seem.
Today’s gospel reading invites us to ask ourselves: how generous are we in giving of our resources, as the widow gave, and in the giving of ourselves. Lord, help us to give and not to count the cost.
Today is a special day in our country to say “thanks.” The truth of the matter is that every day should be “thanksgiving day” to God for all the blessings He gives to us throughout the year. The family dinner table is a welcome place where we should say grace before and after meals because the meal is symbolic of all the gifts that God does give us. So, today between the turkey/dressing and football, let’s remember how blessed we are. “Thank You God.”
The blog will go on a temporary hiatus as I will undergo surgery today. Please say a prayer for me as I have back surgery today.
“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “A Psalm of Life”
An ancient tradition says that Luke was from Syria and a doctor. He was with Paul on his Second Missionary Journey and also with him in Rome. He probably left Rome after Paul’s death going to Greece where he wrote the Gospel that bears his name and its second volume, the Acts of the Apostles. He is said to have painted an icon of Mary.
Today, we celebrate the patronal feast of the Vincentians. St. Vincent de Paul is the patron saint of all charitable works throughout the Catholic world and one of the best known Catholic saints. There is great need for the charitable works done by all the St. Vincent de Paul Societies. So, today let’s pray for their efforts and give something to sustain their good works.