Lectionary Reflections: Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time [b] November 8, 2015

Engaging Faith | Mon, Nov 2, 2015

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time [b]

November 8, 2015



1 Kings 17:10-16

Hebrews 9:24-28

Mark 12:38-44 or 12:41-44



November 11: Veteran’s Day in the US, Remembrance Day in Canada

November 12: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Women's Rights Leader, was born in 1815

November 13: Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, patron of immigrants

November 15: America Recycles Day (

November 16: Anniversary of the deaths of the 6 Jesuits and 2 women at the University of Central America in 1989



We require a new and universal solidarity.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 14

The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word.

-Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 22

Concern for our neighbor transcends the confines of national communities and has increasingly broadened its horizon to the whole world.

-Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 30

Although in general it is difficult to draw a line between what is needed for right use and what is demanded by prophetic witness, we must certainly keep firmly to this principle: our faith demands of us a certain sparingness in use, and the Church is obliged to live and administer its own goods in such a way that the Gospel is proclaimed to the poor. If instead the Church appears to be among the rich and the powerful of this world its credibility is diminished.

-1971 Bishops’ Synod, Justice in the World, 47

… the promotion of justice through efforts to bring about openness of mind and will to the demands of the common good is something which concerns the Church deeply.

-Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 28

The truth of development consists in its completeness: if it does not involve the whole man and every man, it is not true development.

-Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 18

We require a new and universal solidarity. As the bishops of Southern Africa have stated: “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation”. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 14


Thoughts for Your Consideration

Sometimes those who have the least are the most generous with the little they have and show the greatest hospitality or generosity. In some way having a lot or being rich can prevent one from being free and generous. Having a lot can prevent one from moving beyond the preservation and accumulation of this wealth. So much of the economic injustice in our world seems to arise from those who have a lot and seek to preserve it or increase it rather than share it. Our wealth can prevent us from focusing on the common good.

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