November 22

Tuesday November 22 – Luke 21:5-11
Opening
Let us place ourselves in the presence of God.
Close your eyes.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Gospel
Luke 20:27-40

While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, “All that you see here–
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him,
“Teacher, when will this happen?
And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”
He answered,
“See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’
Do not follow them!
When you hear of wars and insurrections,
do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end.”
Then he said to them,
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place;
and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

Reflection
pope-francisWhen Pope Francis was elected Pope in 2013 he stated “that he wanted to make the church poorer”. Taking his inspiration from Saint Francis in the 11th century. If we look at the life of Saint Francis’ own life, we see as a young man he was very rich, but then he decided at the age of 21 to give up his material wealth. This challenged both his father and many people living in Assisi. Saint Francis was rejected. The people of Assisi start to see Francis as a fool and begin throwing stones at Francis.

Poverty is not just talking about financial wealth. Blessed are the poor who are sick. Blessed are poor who are mentally ill. Blessed are the poor when relationships fall apart. Blessed are the poor who have lost their job. Poverty comes in many disguises.

Today, we too in our own life can feel rejected, and look like a fool if we take the radical step of following Christ. Embracing poverty ahead of time be it loss of wealth and loss idols will challenge people. People may  attack us and  tear us down for being counter cultural. Thus ultimately there is a cost to following Christ. Are we willing to pay the real price? What is that cost?

Pause for 1 minute to reflect on the Gospel….

Intentions
We bring these intentions to God.
1. We pray that we might be a people open to change and open to the invitation of stepping out of our comfort zone.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

2. We pray we become a people of the poor so that we are more available to be with God’s people.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

3. We thank God for role models like Pope Francis, Saint Francis and Mother Theresa. .
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

Leader – Are there any other intentions?
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

Prayer – Psalm 96
All – O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Left side – Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvellous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

All – O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Right – Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendour;
tremble before him, all the earth.

All – O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Left side – Say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity.’
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.

All – O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Right side – Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord; for he is coming,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth.

All – O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Our Father