Our readings today ponder two powerful truths: God is infinitely greater than we are; and God provides every kind of help so we can discover and share in God’s glory. The reading from Wisdom reminds us that we are tiny compared to “the LORD of the whole universe.” Nevertheless, God preserves and nurtures us out of perfect love. If we feel tiny, weak, and sinful compared to God, we are blessed! God’s greatness sustains and strengthens us. Saint Paul encourages the Thessalonian Christians with the same message. He reminds them that God alone makes the Church holy. He prays that everything they undertake will be for the glory of God. Luke’s Gospel shows us what this looks like in real life: Zacchaeus, feeling small and excluded, looks for Jesus. Jesus finds him and gives him the strength he needs to repent of his sins and glorify God.
INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR LIFE
If babies came complete with an instruction manual, today’s reading from Wisdom would make the perfect guide! Just imagine how Wisdom’s words might look in a parent guide: “God has created this baby for you. Congratulations! God would not have made her if he didn’t love her like crazy. God’s plan is for you to take care of this baby, reminding her constantly that she belongs to God, who will always take perfect care of her. If she should sin, take heart! Reprimand her with love and guide her tenderly to the right path, for this is what God does for you.”
What a tremendous gift it is to gather for the liturgy and share the scriptures together. Before the beginning of time, God knew we would hear the reading from Wisdom today. God intends for us to take these words to heart.
Also in this bulletin:
- Holy Day of Obligation – All Saints Day
- All Souls Day
- Safe Environment Classes
- CPBC Breakfast and Speaker
- Season’s of Hope Remembrance Event
- One Life Walk with Bishop Ochoa
- Boy Scout Sales
- Breaking Bread Gala
- Evangelization Retreat Registration
- Election Information