Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time - C - October 30, 2016
The word “repentance” gets good lip service, but is really unpopular in practice. What? Me? I have to change? Sometimes change needs a personal invitation, an invitation that shows someone cares enough about us that we will care enough about ourselves. This is the kind of invitation Jesus offers us, the call to repent.
FIRST READING The book of Wisdom encouraged the sinner to repent, for the sinner can trust God can do all things, even the impossible.
PSALM Psalm 145 was based more on style than substance, yet the song still gave God glory.
SECOND READING The author of 2 Thessalonians urged his audience to be patient for the Lord’s coming. Instead, they should give God glory by evangelizing others.
GOSPEL In Luke 19, a small tax collector’s life was changed when Jesus called him down from a tree and invited himself to lunch at the tax man’s home. A simple invitation is all it took.
DAILY READINGS for the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time.
FEAST OF STS. SIMON AND JUDE October 28, 2016
CHILDREN’S READINGS In the story for the first reading, Judah visited his wise grandfather and asked him a question about hatred and suffering. His grandfather answered with one word, “Patience.” God was giving people time to return to him. In the story for the gospel, all Charlie cared about was money, until an emergency hit his town and he began to see that people were more important, just like Zacchaeus.
CATECHISM LINK In this week’s Catechism Link, we consider the common good and the virtue of solidarity.
FAMILY ACTIVITY To impress the notion of repentance on your family members, play the “Turn Around” game.