Mary TV: November 12, 2019 Reflection -"Read the book of the Gospel"

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November 12, 2019
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Dear Family of Mary!

 "...My children, read the book of the Gospel. It is always something  new, it is what binds you to my Son who was born to bring the words of  life to all of my children and to sacrifice Himself for all..." (November 2, 2019)

  Our Lady instructs us to spend time daily with the Scriptures. Even  just reading a verse a day can change our lives. And so many times, a  verse we have heard many times will suddenly take on a deeper, living  meaning for us. God's word is living!!

Take for example the Gospel for today. Jesus tells us:

Jesus  said to the Apostles: "Who among you would say to your servant who has  just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here  immediately and take your place at table'? Would he not rather say to  him, 'Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me  while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished'? Is he  grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So, should  it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We  are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'" (Lk 17:7-10)

 Well, of course this scripture teaches us about the right order between  us and God. We are only unprofitable servants. We can't even get our  own little jobs right!! But as I read these words, I suddenly had a  picture in my mind of another dinner table.  

Before  the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from  this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved  them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the  Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the  Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God  and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer  garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured  water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them  with the towel around his waist.

He came to  Simon Peter, who said to him, "Master, are you going to wash my feet?"  Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing, you do not understand  now, but you will understand later." Peter said to him, "You will never  wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "Unless I wash you, you will have no  inheritance with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Master, then not only my  feet, but my hands and head as well." Jesus said to him, "Whoever has  bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all  over; so you are clean, but not all." For he knew who would betray him;  for this reason, he said, "Not all of you are clean."

So,  when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and  reclined at table again, he said to them, "Do you realize what I have  done for you? You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for  indeed I am.  If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your  feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you a model to  follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. Amen, amen, I  say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger   greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are  you if you do it. (John 13:1-16)

We see  here that Jesus spoke the truth to the Apostles in the reading from  Luke, but he acted out an even deeper truth at the Last Supper according  to John. Jesus' love is so much more than we will ever understand. But  we will experience it, in part here on earth and in full in Heaven.

Indeed, Scripture is always new!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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