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Sunday Reflection for November 02, 2014
Feast of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
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Sunday Summary

Wisdom 3:1-9 The just ones can be supremely confident that they will abide with God.

Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 No evil can touch the one shepherded to safety by the Lord.

Romans 5:5-11 or Romans 6:3-9 The just one dies to rescue the unjust. In this we have cause to rejoice.

John 6:37-40 (or other readings from 668 or 1011-1016) Jesus receives all who make their way toward him.

Commemoration of All
the Faithful Departed


Exploring the Word
All is calm
A feast like this is a day of great assurances. There’s nothing to fear. Not misfortune or failure, not suffering or loss, not death or oblivion. “All is calm,” as the hymn of another season reminds us. This blanket of calm envelopes our turbulent human reality for the same reason as it does in the hymn: Because into this troubling, dangerous, and treacherous world, the word of life has come. Jesus has made up his mind, as we hear today in John’s testimony. Jesus will not reject anyone who makes his or her way to him. That’s an astonishing pledge, in a world where ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for October 31, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, November 02, 2014

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Preaching the News
» Muddled Mideast relations – The psalmist prays confidently to the Lord this Sunday, stating that even in dangerous times and places, “you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.” Anonymous White House critics of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently think he lacks confidence and courage . . . More...
» Not all Americans are reconciled with Obamacare – Even enemies have been reconciled to God through Christ, Saint Paul points out in the Sunday reading option from chapter 5 of the Letter to the Romans. Supporters and detractors of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have not reconciled . . . More...
» Is science or panic driving U.S. Ebola policies? – “I will not reject anyone who comes to me,” Jesus promises in this Sunday’s gospel reading. Health-care workers returning from volunteer stints in Ebola-stricken African nations are receiving a different kind of reception upon landing at airports . . . More...
» Lost—and found?—at sea – As we commemorate All the Faithful Departed this Sunday, Saint Paul reminds us in the Sunday reading option from the sixth chapter of the Letter to the Romans that nothing unites us like Christ’s death and resurrection. Few events have united the nation like the mysterious disappearance and presumed death of aviator Amelia Earhart . . . More...
Quote of the Week
“As vocation director . . . I often hear people say how challenging my job must be. . . . My response is to let people know the challenge is not mine alone. . . . All of us are called to be people who inspire and encourage vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.”
—Father Anthony Smith, in Building a Culture of Vocations, on the occasion of National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 2-8
Fact of the Week
The U.S. has enjoyed 63 consecutive months of economic expansion, the longest period of uninterrupted job creation since the Department of Labor began keeping statistics.
Source: Forbes

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...