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Pray With Us (weekly reflection)

Reflection for November 19, 2017
 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 128: 1-5
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6
Gospel: Matthew 25: 14-30

Reflection     
The readings this weekend offer us a glimpse into what it means to be a disciple of Christ.  In the first reading we hear about being "faithful" to our call.  Regardless of our marital status or ministries, we are all disciples of the Lord, and God calls each of us to faithful service.

The second reading reminds us to stay alert.  As children of the light we need to be attentive to the presence of God and what God might be asking of us.

The Gospel reminds us that God graces each of us with certain gifts and talents that are to be shared with our brothers and sisters.  They are not to be kept for our own gratification.

Questions for reflection:
Are you able to confidenly name some of your gifts and talents?
Do you freely share them with others or do you keep them hidden for yourself?

Prayer
Gracious and loving God, thank you for the many ways in which you have blessed our lives.  Help us to see clearly the gifts and talents that you have bestowed on us.  Lead us to where our gifts are most needed, and can be freely shared.  Bless those who struggle to recognize their gifts that one day they too, may experience the fullness of your presence.  In Jesus' name, we pray.

Jane Schaefer, Associate