November 6, 2022

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6 November 2022

Ordinary Form
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2Maccabees 7,1-2,9-14
Psalm 17,1.5-6.8.15 2
Thessalonians 2,16-3,5
Luke 20,27-38

Extraordinary Form
22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Philippians 1,6-11
Psalm 132,1-2
Psalm 113,11
Matthew 18,23-35

November 11

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In 1918 that formula heralded the end of the Great War, what we now call World War I. One year later President Woodrow Wilson observed the first Armistice Day, remarking that

a year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and more just set of international relations.

In 1926 the U.S. Congress called for the establishment of Armistice Day as a federal holiday, declaring that

...the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed...

In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law a bill which changed Armistice Day into Veterans Day

calling on the people of the United States to observe two minutes of silence on Veterans Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the history of the Nation, beginning at... 2:11 p.m. eastern standard time.

A century after the end of World War I, the list of current military conflicts goes well beyond Ukraine-Russia. Civil wars and internal conflicts are enveloping Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Mali, Somalia, Myanmar, and Mexico. Islamist insur-gency afflicts Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Niger, Tu-nisia, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Ghana, Nigeria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Meanwhile China inches closer to open hostilities on several fronts. The devil has his hands in every conflict.

The world needs Jesus Christ.

This country needs Jesus Christ.

Our homes need Jesus Christ.

St. Martin of Tours, pray for us!

Rev. Christopher J. Pollard