What we do to prepare for the Sunday Liturgy does matter. While all of us have busy lives on daily basis, we can never allow a so-called inability prepare for meeting the Lord in the Church’s worship with the excuse of other obligations. We all need to hear the Word of God.

Time management needs to account for some time to read, pray, and reflect on what the Lord needs to say to us. Spend several minutes –not hours– listening to a brief reflection on the Gospel is very helpful for our spiritual life. Here’s the Gospel reflection for Sunday, November 13, the 8th Sunday after the Holy Cross. You can watch or listen to Byzantine Catholic Father Daniel Dozier who is a pastor in Washington State.

What must I do to inherit eternal life? Can we receive help from an enemy? Would we help an enemy like Jesus indicates in this narrative?

In this gospel we hear the Lord Jesus refer to the works of mercy. Do we live out the Corporal Works of Mercy? Do you know what the Corporal Works of Mercy are?

Are these familiar?

To feed the hungry;
To give drink to the thirsty;
To clothe the naked;
To harbour the harbourless;
To visit the sick;
To ransom the captive;
To bury the dead.