November 5, 2017
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Decisions, Decisions
O [uc]Lord[/uc], my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty.
Psalm 131:1
As I write this, a drizzly rain is falling outside, wind is lightly gusting, and children who should be in school are wandering around my house. Wary of the weather, mindful of the possibility of violent storms, the school systems in the area canceled classes for the day. But, of course, no such storms arrived, and of course, parents all around are tearing their hair out. I'm aggravated, but I feel for those who must make these decisions. They just can't win. If bad weather had arrived and school had been in session, they'd bear the brunt of even greater fury. I am surrounded by people just trying to do the right thing. Sometimes we make the right decisions, sometimes the wrong ones. We correct our mistakes, try to do better and bear it all patiently, never forgetting our own limitations and our own missed calls.
Lord, may I always choose patience over pride.

- Amy Welborn

Malachi 1:14--2:2, 8-10|Psalm 131:1-3|1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13|Matthew 23:1-12


November 5, 2017 at 01:13 PM

Lord, I'm not proud of my eyes.
I'm sorry for my sins.
I'm sorry for my tongue, especially when I use it in a bad way like gossip,nastiness,foul language & bad things I say.
Please forgive us All.

November 5, 2017 at 09:22 AM

Amen. :)

November 5, 2017 at 07:32 AM

Salina, mission accomplished. We are so thankful to have you as a member of our LF communitiy.

November 5, 2017 at 07:18 AM

In light of today's gospel, how is it that we have come to call priests "father"?

November 5, 2017 at 10:20 PM

Also, Bob and Salina, our earthly fathers including priests and rabbis, are truly our brothers in yes, we really have only one Father! Praise God!!!

November 5, 2017 at 08:12 AM

The same way we call our earthly/biological father, 'father.' Hope this helps!

November 5, 2017 at 06:50 AM

The readings today address those in authority and those in following the authorities!

To those in authority (leaders in home, church, work place, school, community, government and countries)

Matthew 23:1-2, 4-7, "Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying, "
* The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
* For they preach but they do not practice.
* They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people's shoulders,
* but they will not lift a finger to move them.
* All their works are performed to be seen.
* They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
* They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation 'Rabbi."

Malachi 2:8, 9b"
* You have turned aside from the way,
* and have caused many to falter by your instruction;
* you have made void the covenant of Levi,
* you do not keep my ways,
* but show partiality in your decisions."

To those in following the authorities (pretty much everyone who answers to someone)

Matthew 23:3a, "
* do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
* but do not follow their example."

The truth is both of the above apply to all of us, we are responsible for someone and someone is over us too!

So what then? To each of addition to the above:

Malachi 2:10a, "
* Have we not all the one father?
* Has not the one God created us?"
Matthew 23:8-10, "
* Do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
* Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.
* Do not be called 'Master'; you have but one master, the Christ."

Don't mistake this as 'calling' or 'addressing" the titles of teacher, father or master, but worshipping and depending on them as such......because there is only One, Jesus Christ, and there is no other we need to focus, depend or worship!

The bottom line for me to remember:

* 1 Thessalonians 2:8, "With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us."

* 1 Thessalonians 2:9b, 13, "Working night and day in order not to burden any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.....And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the Word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the Word of God, which is now at work in you who believe."

* Matthew 23:11-12, "The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

My goal is to end any conversation with anyone with this in 1 Thessalonians 2:8, "I loved you so much that I shared with you not only God’s Good News but my own lives, too." I hope I have done that here in LF.....

Lord, I lift up each of us in the LF community to You for Your Protection, Your Provision, Your Presence, Your Patience, Your Power, and Your Peace! And it is impossible for me to please You without faith in believing that You exist and that You reward those who earnestly seek You. I love You, Lord! And there is no other! Amen!

P.S. I woke up too much to learn :-)

November 5, 2017 at 09:10 AM

Amen! Thank you Salina for your prayerful insights and your prayers for our LF Community. God Bless us, Everyone!

November 5, 2017 at 08:59 AM

Thank you, Jane! I will look into his book you mentioned :-) In the mean time, share with us what you learned from his book.

November 5, 2017 at 08:27 AM

Salina, have you read anything by Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest from Albuquerque? His book Falling Upward may be something to help you on your journey.

November 5, 2017 at 08:24 AM

Amen Salina, and may God continue to bless all you do to share the Word of God with others. I am thankful for our Heavenly Father, His Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit that helps and guides us. Day by day, I continue to learn to walk closer and closer with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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