Sunday, October 27, 2019
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The entrance antiphon I love so I am copying it here:
"Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face."
Then, in the Book of Sirach we have such consolation: God does not have favorites, He hears the cry of the oppressed. "The one who serves God willingly is heard; his petition reaches the heavens. The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, judges justly and affirms the right, and the Lord will not delay."
The Gospel is one of my favorites: Luke 18:9-14
"Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector." We all know this parable where the one exalts himself and the other stays at a distance and prays to God, "God, be merciful to me a sinner."
Then Jesus says that the tax collector went home justified for "whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."