The brilliant and fast changing colors of Fall will soon be replaced by the leaves turning brown and falling to the earth to lie dormant until a new Spring with new life and new growth. The Church, too, is fast approaching the end of the liturgical year. This week we celebrate the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time. This is all predicated by the date of Easter. Since Easter was early this year (April 1st) we will celebrate the Thirty-third week in Ordinary time on the eighteenth of November, followed by the Feast of Christ the King, which is always the last Sunday of the Liturgical year before the start of Advent.
In the meantime, we continue to celebrate the feast days of saints during the week, and this week the daily readings are highlighted by two important saints, St. Teresa of Avila whose feast day is Monday and St. Luke the Evangelist whose feast day is celebrated on Thursday. St. Teresa, born in Avila, Spain in 1582, was a Spanish mystic who, along with St. John of the Cross founded the reformed (Discalced) Carmelite friars and nuns, for which she had to endure great trials. She authored the: "Way to Perfection", the "Interior Castle" and an autobiography. For these works and her life as a mystic Teresa was the first woman to be declared a Doctor the Church.
St Luke, whose feast day is Thursday, was a Gentile convert of St. Paul. He proclaimed the good news through his gospel, making known God’s kingdom of love. Luke was a first century physician from Antioch and a companion of St. Paul. He authored the gospel attributed to him along with the Acts of the Apostles. His gospel speaks of God’s mercy, universal salvation and love of the poor and the marginalized, prayer and the Hold Spirit. Luke is the patron of the medical profession, painters, artists ad sculptors.
Fr John R. Mulvehill