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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A

24 November 2014

Reflecting on Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31

It’s fun to consider the utter Jewishness of that reading from Proverbs today. We chuckle at the ancient Jewish male’s celebration of the perfect Jewish wife, but really, isn’t that the spouse we all want? She’s kind, industrious, an astonishing multi-tasker, brilliant in business and in keeping all the home projects on schedule, great with the kids, generous to those who are poor, and, best of all, everyone in town knows her smart her husband was to have married her.  Mazel tov!

I love to imagine Jesus, the Bridegroom, extolling us, his Bride, in a similar fashion:

The value of my Bride is far beyond pearls. I have entrusted my Sacred Heart to her.

She brings the planet good, and not evil, all her days.


Through her kindness and lack of ego, enemies begin to speak to one another

And those who were estranged join hands in friendship.


She reaches out her hands to those who are poor,

And extends her arms to those who are needy.


She yields to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

She is the first to say, “Forgive me”.


She believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Even in persecution, Her love never fails.


Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting,

But those who hear the Word of God and do it

Will live in joy with Me forever.


How do you think the Church is doing as the Bride of Christ?

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