Feastday: November 3
Patron of hunters, mathematicians, opticians and metalworkers
Bishop of Maastricht, Netherlands, and disciple of St. Lambert. Hubert was a married courtier serving Pepin of Heristal, France. He reportedly had a vision of a crucifix between the horns of a stag while hunting. Widowed, he is believed to have entered Stavelot Monastery, Belgium, and was ordained by St. Lambert at Maastricht. He succeeded St. Lambert about 705 as bishop. Hubert erected a shrine for St. Lambert's relics at Liege, France. He was noted for his miracles and for converting hundreds. Hubert died at Tervueren, near Brussels, Belgium, on May 30. He is a patron saint of hunters.
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Daily Prayer - 2015-11-03
God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Lord, grant me the grace to be free from the excesses of this life.
Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
The Word of God
Reading 1 Rom 12:5-16ab
Brothers and sisters:
Responsorial Psalm PS 131:1bcde, 2, 3
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
Alleluia Mt 11:28
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 14:15-24
One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
Some thoughts on today's scripture
Conversation requires talking and listening.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Saint Martin de Porres, Religious (Optional Memorial)
Go out to the highways and hedgerows ... that my home may be filled. (Luke 14:23)
A run-of-the-mill reading of Jesus' parable from today's Gospel might sound something like this:
"A host crafted an exquisite meal for his guests. But on the day of the feast, one by one, they excused themselves from dining with him. Enraged, he decided to teach them a lesson by filling their spots with society's least desirables."
Do you notice how this reading tends to focus on the original invitees who backed out and on the host's retaliatory response? Now, let's try it again, except with a different emphasis.
"One by one, they began excusing themselves. Then, in a passionate outburst, the host did something unexpected. He widened his net of welcome, cast it out into the fringes of society, and brought in many who needed a warm smile and a hot meal."
This new emphasis might leave us a bit perplexed at the host's reaction—and amazed at his generosity! He could have cancelled the banquet. Or he could have personally given an earful to those who backed out of their invitations. But he began performing acts of mercy instead.
It may seem like a stretch, but keep in mind the familiar story in Luke's next chapter. In that parable, a man who is scorned by his youngest son ends up running to him with open arms. We call that parable "The Prodigal Son," but perhaps we should call it "The Merciful Father."
Looked at in this light, today's Gospel gives us moving insight into the mercy that God has for his people. When he is spurned by unbelief, he doesn't fight back with vengeance, but with love. He rolls up his sleeves and casts his nets deeper and wider to find people who will recognize his generosity for what it is and receive it with eager grateful hearts.
It's hard to keep resisting God's mercy! Especially when we least deserve it, it flows all the more intensely. So why resist? God wants to forgive you for all your sins, the big ones just as much as the small ones. He is always reaching out, always offering his mercy. So answer his invitation. That's exactly what the Sacrament of Reconciliation is for!
"Lord, I am in awe of your mercy. Come, Jesus, and set me free!"
Let's read it again "Let love be sincere; hate what is evil". If you are sincere in your love (of God our Father), then hate what is evil. This love of our Father will allow you to love one another sincerely, for you will hate the evil. You will hate the evil that separates us from the Love. What you are serving is who you are serving...Love, "Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord." Help the Holy ones, bless those who curse you. Wait up. All this sounds nice, but come on, who really hates evil? When someone spits in your face, who do you hate? It is easier to hate the person than evil. Bless them with mercy, take charge with the Love of God. You can hold your own with His arm of justice. And who helps the Holy ones? Who are the Holy ones? It seems most often the holy ones are persecuted instead of being helped. Help them and help the Lord, serve the Lord. Because we are leading to the invitation of the Lord, to a feast He has gone out of the way to prepare for you with the Holy Ones, most often the despised.
In You O Lord, I have found my peace. When you are at peace with the Lord, realize the rest of the world is not at peace with Him. When you have reconciled with the Lord, you are at peace, but the world has not reconciled. And so the world will want to tear the peace out of you, with its constant and same old problems. This is why it is said you will never fill the hole in your heart, because that hole is the shape of a cross, and only God can fill it and you will be full.
In comes the Lord with a parable about a dinner the Lord prepares after the man said "Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God". They say the Synod has spoken about the family. And they come out speaking about the family of God. If the Lord has prepared a dinner, it was first for His family, and when they are too busy for their Father, He extends His family out. Do not be surprised who you will find sitting at the dinner table if you ever make it back, because they chose to accept the call at the appointed time, thus the last will be first. What this is then, is a wake up call. So many songs I write are of the Father calling you, and you don't answer the call. It's as if He has been blocked, or put on auto-reject, because not answering is exactly that. Now, who do you think the Lord is calling today? It's you. It's not "them" whomever you thought of. He is inviting you to the feast with the poor, because that is where He is. Yesterday, I was in a nearby city, took a long route to the edge of the city and ran into two homeless men. I talked to "Bud" and I asked for his family and he pointed to his dogs "there they are". He even called the puppy to come meet me. He hadn't waved me down. I just pulled up to the man after busting a U-turn. That is how the Lord calls, you just know...you can't ignore, because you know you "could've" gone but you didn't. You chose not to. You know you could've been merciful, but you weren't. You know you could've gone to be with the Lord, but you had "other" things to do, more important...your gods to tend to. Because the man in the Gospel preparing a feast was a Lord, and He is the Lord speaking of Himself. The feast of the Holy Mass accepts the poor, and He feeds those who will accept Him. Those who reject Him stay away from Him, funny how natural sin works itself away from the Lord. Be careful. Do not accept the lies of the evil one saying you are too busy for Him. The days are coming, and they are coming fast, and the accumulation of the fast days are holding you up or holding you down. And so be prepared for the feast. Be prepared for the ceremony. Because not only does the Lord bring up this story, but the one of the bride and the groom. It's as if it is a proposal "will you be with me forever?"
and He offers Himself totally
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