“You have been faithful in small things: come and join in your Master’s happiness!
We must be very careful that the real point of today’s first reading is not washed away in genuine concerns over what one can and cannot say about the responsibilities of spouses. This is not, in fact, a recipe for ‘the perfect wife’, but an illustration, from one age, of the virtue of fully employing the talents God gives us. Some things are timeless, such as holding out a hand to the poor, while other talents shift and change. The point is that all of us are gifted in varying ways and degrees: none of us should begrudge anyone else their talents, for fear that we overlook our own. We work wisely and well, looking forward to the master’s return, when we can hand over to him not just what he gave us, but also the fruits that our labours have gained.
Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp, with the sound of music.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn acclaim the King, the Lord.
Let the sea and all within it, thunder the world, and all its peoples.
Let the rivers clap their hands and the hills ring our their joy at the presence of the Lord.
For the Lord comes, he comes to rule the earth.
He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with fairness.
1st Reading: Malachi 3: 19-20
2nd Reading: 2Thess 3: 7-12
Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 5-19
Requiescant in Pace
Of your charity please pray for the repose of the souls of Francis Connolly and Malcolm Anthony Long and for their families. Francis’ funeral Mass will take place on Thursday 24h November at 11am in St David’s.