Parent Teacher Talk

33rd Sunday

of Ordinary Time

November 19, 2023

Gospel of Matthew

Mt 25:14-30

A Reading from the Book of Proverbs

Prv 31:10-31

This passage describes a gracious wife and mother, faithfully dedicated to her marital commitment. She practiced creative fidelity in the marital setting of her time and culture. Women of our time and culture may have a few different occupations, but God's word for today is: Be faithful to your marital commitment!

"Creative fidelity" implies that my commitment will not again be pit in question. "Give her a reward for her labors." The element of reward is there, but it should be kept in its proper perspective.

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 5:1-6

Paul continues his reply to the Thessalonians concerning the parousia (final coming of Christ), whose beginning we read about last Sunday. His answer to them is also God's word to us: Do not be to inquisitive about details concerning the hereafter. They have simply not been revealed to us. It is a reward. The message is: Stay awake and sober.

In the Gospel of Matthew

Mt 25:14-30

The parable, as Matthew relates it, refers to Jesus Christ who will come back to judge the Church. All members have made their baptismal commitment and renew it every year at Easter or whenever they are godparents at a baptism. Today, God's question to us is: Do we practice "creative fidelity"? Or do we put our commitment in question by lack of faith or courage?

Notice that our baptismal commitment means acting within the framework of what is possible (" to each according to his ability"). Passivity culpable, as in the case of the "wicked, lazy servant." Is creative fidelity to and active Christian life possible? Yes, but there must be love for our Lord, which the "lazy servant" did not have. (I knew you were a demanding person.") Check yourself on "what I have failed to do."

Newsy Notes


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE



1st Reconciliation



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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:


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.


“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."