Exoteric and Esoteric

Greetings on this the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14
Notes: World Mission Sunday — was established by Pope Pius XI in 1926.
This year the official theme is “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).

  • Exoteric – what you do.
  • Esoteric – what you think.

Catholic Church manages 72,785 nursery schools – 7,510,632 pupils.
Catholic Church manages 99,668 primary schools – 34,614,488 pupils.
Catholic Church manages 49,437 secondary schools – 19,252,704 pupils.

Health care
Catholic Church manages 5,322 hospitals.
Catholic Church manages 14,415 dispensaries.
Catholic Church manages 534 leper clinics.
Catholic Church manages 15,204 homes for the elderly, chronically ill, and the disabled.
Catholic Church manages 9,230 orphanages.
Catholic Church manages 10,441 kindergartens.
Catholic Church manages 10,362 marriage counseling centers.
Catholic Church manages 3,137 education or re-education centers.
Catholic Church manages 34,291 other institutions.


The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Poor in the body, oppressed in spirit, lacking in true friendship.

First reading
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, judges justly and affirms the right, and the Lord will not delay.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Second reading
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it.

Alleluia Verse
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, and entrusting to us the message of salvation.

Gospel Portion
Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.

Contempt Psychological projection
O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.

Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves and attributing them to others.

Honesty – the Interior, esoteric brings about an improved exoteric
O God, be merciful to me a sinner.

The Church expresses it’s interior life with the Lord in its outer actions.

Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Brothers of the Christian Schools) – tell the story.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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