Posted by: frburke23 | November 11, 2013

Thought for Tuesday, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

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.’”


I was not surprised, but I was saddened to hear that Black Thursday has been announced.  I knew that this was coming.  It was a natural progression from Black Friday.  Now stores will be opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving evening.  I heard rumors that some stores will even open at 6am on Thanksgiving morning.

I realize that Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, but it is a day for family.  First of all, I ask you not to fall to this temptation to go shopping on Thanksgiving.  There are enough attacks on the family; this is the latest one.  If everyone refused to go shopping and stayed at home with their families, maybe they would reconsider for next year.  Please spread this message to all who hold family values dear to them.

However, as long as we continue to shop on these days, people will have to work.  People are being drawn away from their families, which are the core building blocks of our society.  If you miss the sale, life will go on.  If you don’t get that perfect gift, the sun will rise the next day.  And not only will life go on, but maybe your family life will be strengthened by spending the holiday together around the dinner table and playing games with one another.

I’m sorry that this reflection is not connected with the readings today, but I felt a strong urge from the Lord to ask everyone to stand up for what we believe in as followers of Jesus.  We have stood by for so long and allowed our values to be attacked.  If we don’t start standing up for our beliefs, who knows what is next? 

Am I willing to take a stand for family values?

Do I allow material desires override my value of family and friends?

God bless you and your families,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

LUCAS 17:7-10

Jesús dijo a los apóstoles:
“¿Quién de ustedes diría a su siervo
que acaba de llegar de arar o de cuidar ovejas en el campo,
“Viene aquí inmediatamente y toma tu lugar en la mesa”?
¿No le dice más bien,
‘Prepara algo para que yo coma.
Ponte el delantal y espérame mientras como y bebo.
¿Puedes comer y beber cuando haya terminado ‘?
¿Está el agradecido con el siervo porque hizo lo que se le mandó?
Así que debería estar contigo.
Cuando hayas hecho todo lo que se te ha sido ordenado, di:
‘Somos siervos inútiles;
hemos hecho lo que fuimos obligados a hacer. ”


No me sorprendió, pero me entristeció saber que el Jueves Negro ha sido anunciado. Yo sabía que esto iba a suceder. Fue una progresión natural de el Viernes Negro. Ahora las tiendas se abrirán a las 6 de la noche en Acción de Gracias. He oído rumores de que algunas tiendas incluso abrirán a las 6 am en la mañana de Acción de Gracias.

Me doy cuenta de que Acción de Gracias es una fiesta secular, pero es un día para la familia. En primer lugar, les pido que no caigan en esta tentación de ir de compras en Acción de Gracias. Hay bastantes ataques en la familia, esta es la más reciente. Si todo el mundo se negó a ir de compras y se quedó en casa con sus familias, tal vez se reconsidere el próximo año. Por favor difundir este mensaje a todos los que tienen valores familiares queridos.

Sin embargo, mientras continuamos comprando en estos días, la gente tendrá que trabajar. Las personas están siendo alejadas de sus familias, que son el núcleo de los pilares de nuestra sociedad. Si pierdes la venta, la vida continúa. Si no recibes el regalo perfecto, el sol saldrá al día siguiente. Y no sólo la vida va a seguir, pero tal vez tu vida familiar será fortalecida por pasar el día festivo juntos alrededor de la mesa y jugar juegos uno con el otro.

Lo siento que esta reflexión no está conectada con las lecturas de hoy, pero sentí un fuerte deseo del Señor para pedir a todos a luchar por lo que creemos como seguidores de Jesús. Hemos resistido por tanto tiempo y permitido que nuestros valores sean atacados. Si no empezamos a defender nuestras creencias, ¿quién sabe lo que sigue?

¿Estoy dispuesto a tomar partido por los valores familiares?
¿Permito que los deseos materiales anulen el valor de mi familia y amigos?

Dios los bendiga y a sus familias,

Fr. Burke



  1. I agree 100% We do not need stores open on Thanksgiving !!!

  2. No apologies needed, Fr. Burke. I think you’re right on! Family before worldly profits. Thank you.

  3. Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

    • Not for sure what happen to my comment…but will try again…..Was it Satan?

      Fr. Burke….Thank you very much for listening to the strong urge from the Lord…about Black Thursday and Black Friday…destroying the family.

      May everyone whom reads your blog leave a comment, even if it is a simple, Yes, I am willing to take a stand for family values!

      Thank You…I am coming and standing behind you….

      Yes, I am willing to take a stand for family values!!

      May your comment section be full today…and the line be loooong.

      Been Blessed…

      Servant of the Lord,

      Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr….pray for us!

  4. Amen, Fr Burke thanks for that reminder. This is just another example of how consumerism is taking over our society. God and family are being pushed into the background in society’s grasp for the almighty dollar.

  5. Thank you, Fr. Burke, for your very timely and critical message today. Family values are being attacked in so many ways and often very subtly, so we sometimes fail to notice. Bless you and all of us are we seek to maintain the precious gifts of family God has given us.


  6. Fr. Burke, I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your comments. We have to start standing up for our beliefs. There are many people who don’t agree with what is happening in today’s culture but are afraid to stand up.

  7. Thank you so much for this Father Burke. I love reading these passages from you! I do agree with you so much.The Devil is always trying to incite our senses with things that do not allow for peace, love and family. I cringe when I hear or see stories on the news about people trampling each other for “savings”, killing or hurting each other for the latest “great” product. I am such a sinner and am SO trying to change that, but even I see how evil this is. All to buy gifts for ungrateful children, feeding their greed, while the time spent WITH them is much more valuable and lasts a lifetime. Christmas is about celebrating CHRIST our savior’s birth. This was the greatest gift of all. No, I do not have my own family yet, but I do believe in miracles. Maybe one day, if it is GOD’s will. I love my nieces and nephews and would much rather spend time with them than a crowded hectic store. (prayers welcome 😉 )

    • Linda,
      Your heart…..God Bless You.

      Keep believing in those miracles. I was there. I will keep you in my prayers.

      It was nice to see all whom responded….God Bless All.

      Lets keep the Faith!

  8. When is the next discernment group? Are we through for the season? Just wanted to know I did not see any future dates.   Frank

    • 2-4pm this Sunday at my house…

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