THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Also Read: Mass Readings for 07 November 2021
First Reading: First Kings 17: 10-16
Faith, Courage, and Hope!
“For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” (14)
Our God is a Faithful God! Amen! But how faithful are we?
The widow of Zarephath would have known in her heart that it is the Lord speaking through Elijah that day! May we emulate her faith as we go about our daily lives! In the prevalent trying times, the jar of meal and jug of oil could symbolize our faith and hope. During this drought period, our faith could run low and our hope limited, but we must remember the Lord our God is ever faithful even today! We still witness mighty miracles like that of similar calibre as the widow’s son rising from the dead! (1 kings 16:17-24) So, we must beware, where we look! We ought to stand in authority like Elijah because we are sons and daughters of the One True and Most High Living God.
May we follow the Lord faithfully in all the seasons of our lives -Even as we await the rein of Our God! Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 146: 7-10
He sends His Aid!
The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. (9)
We might feel strangers to the current lot, for we are not conformed to this world. (Rom12:2) We must know then that the Lord’s army is for us! Amen!
Second Reading: Hebrews 9: 24-28
Await His Coming!
Christ having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (28)
For indeed we await the second coming of our Lord when he will come to reign over all! We hope for Salvation in Christ.
Alleluia: Matthew 5: 3
Stay the Course!
Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (43-44)
We must put in everything we have, Dear Brothers and Sisters! The Lord knows our hearts and our innermost thoughts; nothing escapes Him! It is in times like these that the Lord is closest to us. We must be willing to remain open to His whispers of hope and encouragement! One way we find them is in these very scriptures. Both the widows mentioned in the readings here had very little; yet they pursued in their path, fulfilling their responsibilities!
It is not easy, to stay the course! Christ vouched for this himself. (Matt 10:34-38) But it is only our faith that will see us through the storms! Though we are scattered today, each one to his home, (John 16:32) we have the Peace in Christ Jesus (John 16:33). Therefore be renewed in mind, (Rom. 12:2) and put on the whole armor of God. (Eph 6:10-20)
May the Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen!