Reflection for Saturday, October 31, 2020: 30th week in Ordinary Time.

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Carney, Jay
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2020-10-31
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|"And this I know with confidence, that I shall remain and continue in the service of all of you for your progress and joy in the faith." Philippians 1:25|Paul writes these hopeful words from prison. He does not know what the future holds. But he does know his mission.|I find his words resonating with me on this Halloween. At times the coronavirus has felt like a global prison. Likewise, we do not know what the immediate or long-term future holds, whether on a personal, political or epidemiological level. But our mission as Christians remains the same – to serve others to enable their progress and joy in the faith.|As I reflect in the coming days on holy saints and good souls, I will also thank God for the everyday saints who have responded to this pandemic: the healthcare workers who have tirelessly treated the sick and dying; the volunteers who have stepped up to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and house the homeless; public health officials who have labored, often thanklessly, to limit the spread of the disease; the priests, chaplains, and ministers who have provided spiritual care for the sick and lonely; and the friends, relatives and neighbors who sustain community in this time of quarantine and isolation.|In humbling themselves, these ordinary saints are exalted. May God bless them, keep them, and sustain them in their labors, now and always.
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University Ministry, Creighton University.
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