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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

November 05, 2010

For Friday of the Thirty-First Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Philippians 3:17 to 4:1
Luke 16:1-8

After today the Church has only twenty-two days left in her year of worship at Mass.
So she now turns more and more to hear the Lord teach about what will carry weight when each of us goes to stand before him at the last judgment.
Today’s first reading from the Word of the Lord tells of those whose “citizenship is in heaven,” while also telling of those who are “enemies of the cross of Christ.”
St. Paul writes of being “even in tears” over the matter.
Today’s Gospel also upholds two kinds: those who are “the children of light,” and those who are “the children of this world.”
Elsewhere [Mt. 25] the Lord speaks of the two as the sheep and the goats.
In his Gospel today he would have us mark well that the children of this world are sharp-witted in doing whatever it takes to get ahead.
He goes so far as to say they “are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of light.”
What is the wisdom by which the children of light can make the grade?
We already know the many answers the Lord has for that question.
After all, day after day, and year after year, we are always here to celebrate the Church’s year of worship at Mass, we being more than two or three gathered in the Lord’s name, with him teaching his Gospel in our midst.
Here at Mass, besides speaking in his Gospel, he is always going into “flesh-and-blood” action on our behalf.
So what we are going to do with these longstanding and ongoing gifts in our own lives so as to become children of light, rather than enemies of the cross of Christ?
That’s up to each of us.

That God Be Glorified in All