Day By Day

 

JOURNAL POSTINGS 18 November 2018, Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings at this time of year begin to take on the feeling of the 'end-time', the eschaton. Here is an extract from today's Gospel: 'But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. … But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father'. It is our task to be watchful, to prepare with all zeal and fervour. S Augustine said in a homily: 'The advice, Brethren, which you have just heard Scripture give, when it tells us to watch for the last day, every one should think of as concerning his own last day; lest haply when you judge or think the last day of the world to be far distant, you slumber with respect to your own last day. You have heard what Jesus said concerning the last day of this world, that neither the Angels of heaven, nor the Son knew it, but the Father. Where indeed there is a great difficulty, lest understanding this in a carnal way, we think that the Father knows anything which the Son knows not. For indeed when He said, the Father knows it; He said this because in the Father the Son also knows it. For what is there in a day which was not made by the Word, by whom the day was made? Let no one then search out for the last Day, when it is to be; but let us watch all by our good lives, lest the last day of any one of us find us unprepared'. May God bless you, and keep you in His love this day.

Saturday 17 November 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time and Optional Memoria of S Elizabeth of Hungary. From today's New Testament reading, from the Third Letter of John: 'Beloved, it is a loyal thing you do when you render any service to the brethren, especially to strangers'. S Benedict picked this up in this way: in terms of the brethren, 'Let the rest serve one another in charity'. And in terms of strangers, 'Let all guests that come be received like Christ, for he will say: "I was a stranger and ye took me in". And let fitting honour be shown to all, especially to those who are of the household of the faith and to pilgrims'. May we truly take upon ourselves this work of service, which the Lord Himself inaugurated for us in the washing of the feet of His disciples, and may He bless you this day.

Friday 16 November 2018, S Gertrude, Virgin, Memoria. Earlier this week, Sr Carolyne Joseph was received as a full member of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sr Carolyne Joseph has been journeying with us for some years and, last week, was elected to belong fully to our Community. During the simple ceremony, she reaffirmed her vows in the Benedictine formula between the hands of Mother Winsome, in the presence of Fr Simon Ellis, who was representing the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton. We wish Sr Carolyne Joseph every blessing and ask prayers for her and for our Community. May God bless you.

 

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