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Catholic Daily Readings + Reflection: 16 November 2020

Catholic Daily Readings + Reflection: 16 November 2020

Catholic Daily Readings + Reflection: 16 November 2020

Readings at Mass for Monday November 16, 2020


Weekday (33) ordinary Time
Vestment: Green
Today’s Rosary: The Joyful Mystery
SAINT MARGARET OF SCOTLAND (Opt. Mem)
SAINT GERTRUDE, Virgin (Opt. Mem)


FIRST READING

“Remember from what you have fallen, and repent. ”
The beginning of the Book of Revelation (Revelation 1 : 1-4; 2: 1-5a)

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne. [I heard the Lord saying to me:] “To the angel of the Church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lamp stands. “'I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false; I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first.”’

The word of the Lord.



RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 1:1-2.3.4 and 6 (R. Revelation 2:7b)

R/. To him who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life.

Blessed indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the path with sinners,
nor abides in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord,
and who ponders his law day and night. R.

He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper. R.

Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they, like winnowed chaff,
shall be driven away by the wind.
For the Lord knows the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked will perish. R.



ALLELUIA John 8:12

Alleluia. I am the light of the world, says the Lord; he who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia.




GOSPEL

“What do you want me to do for you? Lord, let me receive my sight.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 18:35-43)

It happened that, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

The Gospel of the Lord.





Today’s Reflection


Insistence in seeking God does not go unrewarded. This is demonstrated by the encounter of the blind man with Jesus. The blind man recognized Jesus and acknowledged his ability to restore his sight. This challenges us to examine the quality of our faith in the power of Christ to transform our lives positively. It also encourages us to recognize the moment of grace and not to allow it to pass us by.



Today's Saints: SAINT MARGARET OF SCOTLAND (Opt. Mem) Margaret was born in 1046 in Hungary where her father was exiled from England. Later, the family returned to England and, in 1070, she was given in marriage to Malcolm III, king of the Scots. She was a good and caring mother of eight children as well as a great queen, devoting her time, energy and resources to the poor. She died in the year 1093.

SAINT GERTRUDE, Virgin (Opt. Mem) Gertrude was one of the great mystics of the thirteenth century. She was born in Saxony in the year 1256 and later joined the Cistercian Abbey of Helfta where she lived the whole of her life. At the age of 25 she started having revelations and visions and wrote extensively about them. Devoting her life to God, she dedicated herself to the pursuit of perfection, and gave herself over to prayer and contemplation. She died in 1301.


Personal Devotional


- Pray for mercy for the times you have sought self-glorification in charitable deeds.

- Pray for forgiveness for the times you failed to show love to your neighbour.

- Tell God to show you a need in someone’s life that He wants you to help out with.

- Tell God to enlarge your heart to love more and more people irrespective of their background.


Let Us Pray

Gracious and holy Father, please give me intellect to understand you, reason to discern you; diligence to seek you; wisdom to find you; a spirit to know you; a heart to meditate upon you; ears to hear you; eyes to see you; a tongue to proclaim you; a way of life pleasing to you; patience to wait for you; and perseverance to look for you. Grant me: a perfect end, your holy presence. A blessed resurrection, and life everlasting. Amen


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