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Infant Jesus, May we not miss the grace of your visitation today as you move to bring your people into greater righteousness and holiness of life. Purify our heart and mind that we may understand your ways and confirm our life more fully to your will. We make this prayer through Infant Jesus. Amen.
  WORD OF THE DAY ...
Psalms 138:1: We give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise
  Today's Readings ... (November 17, 2011)
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First Reading: 1 Mc 2:15-29
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm Ps 50:1b-2,5-6,14-15
Gospel: Luke 19:41-44

  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 19:41-44)
Jerusalem's lack of faith and refusal of the Messiah, however, leads to its destruction and devastation. Jesus' lamentation and predictions echoes the lamentation of Jeremiah who predicted the first destruction of Jerusalem and its temple. Through his death and resurrection Jesus breaks down the walls of hostility and separation by unification us with God. He gives us his Holy Spirit both to cleanse us and restore us as a holy people of God. When God visits his people he comes to set up peace and justice by cause out our enemies – sin and Satan who enchain us to fear and pride, revolt and hatred, envy and greed, violence and strife, and every form of evil. That is why God both judges and cleanses his people – to lead us from our sinful ways to his way of impartiality, peace, love, and sanctity. God dynamically works among his people to teach us his ways and to save us from the destruction of sin and Satan. Are God's judgments unfair or unloving? Scripture informs us that "when God's judgments are exposed in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness". To say judgment on sin is much less cruel than what will happen if those who sin are not cautioned to repent. The Lord in his compassion gives us grace and time to turn away from sin, but that time is right now. If we wait, even for a moment, we may not find out that grace has passed us by and our time is up. Do we accept the grace to turn away from sin and to walk in God's way of peace and sanctity?
Yesterday:

Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Tomorrow:

Friday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time


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