33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 17, 2019

Today we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sometimes we’re told, “Mind your own business.” The ‘business’ that we are truly intended to mind is the one God gives us; always striving that God’s will be done. In today’s second reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians we read, “We hear that some are…not keeping busy but minding the business of others.” Some translations read, “acting like busy bodies.” How human is that? We mind everyone else’s business but our own. We look for signs of catastrophe, like those in our first reading and Gospel, but we’re blind to what might truly be harmful to us. We become anxious and worried about things we cannot change, rather than focusing on those things over which we have some influence. The readings the last two Sundays of the Church year speak about the end-times. They can sound catastrophic. Today’s Gospel acclamation verse offers some good advice: “Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” Raise your heads. Turn your eyes toward the Son of Justice, Jesus Christ, who comes not to destroy, but to rule the world with equity. Imitate Him, as Paul did, and you will be secure no matter what comes. Anyone who is involved in the A.A. knows well how to keep their focus on daily minding their own business and recovering from their addiction. They have a beautiful prayer that is good for all of us, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This prayer is often called the Serenity prayer and a good one for us all.

As November flies by we continue to remember our faithful departed. We have received many requests for masses for next year and Donna tries to accommodate exact dates as much as possible. If you would like to have a mass offered for a departed loved one, to mark a milestone in your life, or celebrate a loved one’s birthday, anniversary, or significant achievement, what better gift than to have us all pray for them at Mass. To ensure your date, please send requests to Donna well in advance.

One day in November that many of us look forward to is Thanksgiving Day. It is a special day to thank God for all of the blessings in our lives, especially those who join us at the table for the feast of feasts. We thank God for our health, our challenges that embolden us, our families, and our faith. Mass on Thanksgiving Day will be at our holiday time, 9:00am. Please plan to make it a part of your holiday. (I truly believe that this day has become an “unofficial” Holy Day where people come to Church with grateful hearts, not because they have to, but because they want to.) Hope you’ll join us for our parish family “thanks-giving” Mass.

On last week’s and this week’s back cover of the bulletin I draw your attention to the article on Tax Saving Strategies. This is an opportunity for those 70.5 yrs of age to not have to pay taxes on your Required Minimum Distribution by setting up a Qualified Charitable Distribution. For those so blessed, please consider making your QCD to St. Luke the Evangelist.

Finally today, mark your calendars for our annual Church cleaning, Saturday, December 7th at 10:00am. We want the Church to be shine for all our guests who will join us over the Christmas holidays. We will need a lot of work and elbow grease to wash the pews and woodwork around the confessionals as well as general dusting.

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)