Parent Teacher Talk



32nd Sunday

of Ordinary Time


November 12, 2023




Gospel of Matthew


Mt 25:1-13








A Reading from the Book of Wisdom



Wis 6:12-16


The Book of Wisdom, the latest of the Old Testament Books, was written in Greek by a believing Jew living in Alexandria, Egypt. In it, Wisdom is personified, a literary device used often in all literatures of the world. Wisdom, which incorporates that mysterious dimension called faith, is a gift of God. "She [ Wisdom] makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her. " This God-given wisdom is resplendent and unfading! We should be grateful for it.



The Responsorial Psalm is that that we put our trust in Jesus because of his love and kindness and that he has done great things for us, so we should be filled with joy and love for him and thoro be like him.

in your self-giving. He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Lord hears the cry of the poor!





A Reading, From the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians



1 Thes 4:13-18


As already mentioned, Paul wrote this letter to his newly founded congregation in Thessalonica. Timothy brought him a good report concerning the behavior of these new converts. However, they had a few questions, one about death and the return of Jesus. This passage gives the Christian's answers, which is inspired not by human wisdom alone, but by a human-divine wisdom that we call Faith.

Notice that the way the message is worded is conditioned by time and culture: (1) Paul is under the misconception that the Lord will return during his lifetime. (2) He uses the traditional Biblical imagery of clouds., angels, blasting trumpets, etc. to describe God's splendor and our sharing in it. (3) He describes the event against the background of the world vision of his time: heaven up--- earth in the middle--- netherworld (hell) down. Only the message: ' We shall always be with the Lord' is God's word to us. The way the message is worded is not part of it.




In the Gospel of Matthew


Mt 25:1-13




Today's Gospel has the same message as found in the Second Reading, but now in the form of a parable. As we have this parable revised and edited by Matthew, it deals with two classes of people: the foolish ones who were not ready, and those who had wisdom and were ready when the groom (Jesus) arrived. Always be prepared to meet the Lord!



Newsy Notes

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Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE




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REMEMBER








1st Reconciliation














CONFIRMATION



Our next get together for confirmation is on November 12th at 11:15am in the Parish Dining Hall at St. Thomas More. Please bring your Decision Point book with you and your enthusiasm to learn.













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Address future PSR and Sacramental Preparation Questions to:

Deacon Bob Brazier at bbrazier@sttm.org



Bring Your Children To Mass?




When Jesus reprimanded the apostles for wanting

to keep children away from Him (see Mt 19:14),

He did not give an age or behavior requirement.


At the baptism of a child, parents and sponsors

promise to teach their children the Catholic faith

and “to bring them up according to

the law of Christ and His Church.”


The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us,

“The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day

and his Eucharist is at the

heart of the Church’s life” (No. 2177).


This importance is shown in attendance at Mass

and rest from labor, the first of the precepts of the Church.


Click the link below to read why you should bring your children to Mass:



BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO MASS


Divine Lord, send your Holy Spirit anew into our hearts and cleanse us from all sin so we may adore and worship you in Spirit and in truth. Create in us a greater love for your Word and a keener desire to serve you and our fellow men. Remove all malice, bitterness, and resentment from our minds, and fill us with your abundant grace. In Christ Jesus our Savior and Friend.

AMEN


Meditations
“Lord, I too lack the necessary faith to see the blessings that accompany Your Cross, as well as the many crosses I am given in life. Help me to be purified in my faith so that I can see Your hand at work in all things, even suffering, injustice and persecution. May I see life from Your perspective alone. Jesus, I trust in You."