No awards for minimum service Today’s November 13th Reading
No awards for minimum service!
On this day November 13th in the Roman Kalendar the Feast of St Frances Xavier Cabrini is observed. In the Coptic Kalendar it is the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Sts James and John, bishops in Persia and of Sts Epimachus and Adrianus. In the Mar Thoma Chruch of India it is the Feast of Mar Evanios. In the Russain/OCA Kalendar it is the Commemoration of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (407). Martyrs Antoninus, Nicephorus, and Germanus, of Cæsarea in Palestine (308). Martyr Manetha of Cæsarea in Palestine (307-308). Monk Martyr Damascene of the Lavra (Mt. Athos—1681). Monk Martyr Damian of the Lavra (Mt. Athos). May these and all our Holy Companions pray for us though Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+
The Collect from the Roman Rite.
God our Father, who called Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy to serve the immigrants of America, by her example, teach us to have concern for the stranger, the sick, and all those in need, and by her prayers help us to see Christ in all the men and women we meet. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Today’s Gospel Jesus tells us that we should not be commended for doing what we know is right and what is the minimum that is asked of us but to remind ourselves we have so much more to do and serve!
The Gospel Reading from the Roman Lectionary.
Gospel Lk 17:7-10
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.’”
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