Audio Readings October 11, 2012 Thursday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Galatians 3:1-5 (Psalm) Luke 1:69-75;Luke 11:5-13

27th Week in Ordinary Time

“How much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:13)

Fifty years ago today, Blessed Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council. For the next four years, bishops from all over the world met to discuss how they could speak the gospel to the mod­ern world. The world had changed dramatically in the hundred years since Vatican I. John sensed that a fresh approach was needed.

The Council Fathers sensed that the old formulations of Christianity had to be rethought. The terms and methods used for centuries had to be brought up to date so that the glory of the gospel message could shine out once more. At his address opening the Council, John XXIII said: “The substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another.”

Pope John wanted to open the doors to the Church. He wanted the people of the world to be able to look inside the Church so that they could see the beauty of her teach­ing. He also wanted the people of the Church to pass through those doors to meet the world with bold­ness and confidence in the Spirit.

He wanted believers to proclaim that Jesus is with us in every cir­cumstance, offering his strength, his wisdom, and his healing. God is not limited to cathedrals, churches, or shrines, he taught. He is with us at work and at home, wherever we go, ready to lift us up to his presence. Day after day, Jesus is standing at the door of our hearts, asking us to let him in so that he can work in us and through us (Revelation 3:20).

The teachings of Vatican II are just as relevant today as they were fifty years ago. So on this anniver­sary—a day that also opens the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI—let’s commit our­selves to bringing the message of the gospel to everyone in our world. Let’s all proclaim the gospel that brings relief to guilty consciences, hope to the downtrodden, and mir­acles to those who believe.

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth. (Prayer of Pope John XXIII)” ~WAU




About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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