Sunday Scripture Readings for October 19, 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jean Denton   
Scripture Readings
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Twenty-ninth Sunday in
Ordinary Time

Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b
Matthew 22:15-21

I've always admired educators, especially those skilled in teaching children. So I enjoy hearing Ellen, a middle school librarian, talk about her vocation.

Highly respected by school administrators and her peers, Ellen is particularly committed to inspiring a love for reading and literature in her young learners. She's been at it for more than 20 years.

She especially loves her current school, a public middle school in a low-income neighborhood. Many of her students come from dysfunctional families or homes struggling with poverty or other difficult circumstances. The city's largest family shelter is in her school's attendance zone.

She told me that being there gives her an opportunity to be available in a more personal way to individual young teens and preteens who have serious social and emotional needs. She listens to their troubles and tries to provide comfort as a friend. She's a mentor for some whose parents aren't capable of helping them negotiate a teenager's challenges of learning responsibility and making choices.

Ellen also has enlisted friends in her church community to help provide clothing and toiletries for individual youngsters at her school who otherwise would have to do without. Although she works for a state-supported school, she feels no conflict in responding to a more important call of her Christian faith by serving those children in need.

In this weekend's Gospel, the Pharisees try to get Jesus to incriminate himself by choosing between loyalty to God or Caesar. He confounds their plot by saying that although these are two distinct loyalties, a person should be responsible to each without forsaking the other: "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."

In this way, my friend Ellen balances two different vocations at once.

She is a consummate professional who gives her school district everything she has as an educator: engaging instruction, discipline, strong organizational skills, and careful student evaluation.

But her greater role of supporting, encouraging, and caring for certain children in her school community is defined by her relationship with Christ.

"I know," she said with conviction, "that this is exactly where God wants me to be. Being there for these kids is something I'm meant to do."

This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions: October Print E-mail
October General Intention

Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.

October Mission Intention
World Mission Day. That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.
Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2014.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Wednesday, January 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 29
Ascension Thursday
Friday, August 15
Solemnity of the Assumption
Saturday, November 1
All Saints (abrogated because it falls on Saturday)
Monday, December 8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, December 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Prayer to St. Raphael Print E-mail

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.

We beg you, assist us in all our needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our souls and the ills that afflict our bodies.

We especially ask your guidance of our diocese as we journey toward the rebuilding of a cathedral bearing your name, and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be temples of the Holy Spirit. As our intercessor, beg the Blessed Trinity to prosper the work of our hands and, above all, to bring us, face-to-face, into their Holy presence.


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