A reading according to the holy Gospel according to Luke 17:26-37
Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.” They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”
REFLECTION: Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.
We were created by God and to Him we are to come home. So what will it be on the day the Son of Man is revealed?
Happy are they who in their daily contacts and activities leave worldliness behind and pursue their true Love, their eternal goal.
Every day we have the opportunity to meet a saint on their feast day. We see how they found their purpose in life and how they accomplished it. Many saints had ordinary occupations and enjoyments of life.
Today is the feast day of St Frances Xavier Cabrini. Maria Francesca Cabrini was born in Italy in 1850. She was canonized in 1946. Her feast day is November 13, the day of her beatification. She was the first United States citizen to be canonized. She chose the name Frances Xavier in honor of the patron saint of missionaries: St Francis Xavier.
After St Cabrini founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Pope XIII directed her to go West. St Frances Cabrini and her group of nuns went to the United States. They worked among the Italian immigrants. She founded several schools, hospitals and orphanages throughout the world. She taught Catechism, educated the immigrants and served the sick and the poor.
St Frances Xavier Cabrini died of complications of malaria. Her beatification miracle involved restoring the sight of a one day old baby, Peter Smith, who received the wrong concentration of silver nitrate solution to his eyes. Peter Smith (1921-2002) attended her beatification and became a priest. Her canonization miracle involved the healing of a terminally ill member of her congregation.
"I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him." (St Frances Xavier Cabrini)
God Bless You