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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Do you tend to postpone important things for your spiritual life? - Daily Reflections August 25, 2016


THERE MIGHT BE NO TOMORROW
 
Today and tomorrow, the Gospel readings have more or less the same message: Be alert and always ready! In other words, Jesus admonishes all of His followers to be vigilant, for lack of vigilance invites disaster. I have heard people say, “Jesus spoke about His Second Coming but after centuries it did not happen.” But do we have to wait for the end of the world to meet the Lord? No! In the hour of our death, we will meet and face Him. And nobody knows when death, like a “thief in the night,” will come to us.
       Many Christians have become lukewarm because they have forgotten the inconvenient truth about death. Jesus is very realistic when He calls for vigilance. But we often become lazy. We postpone a decision to improve our faith life. How often do we promise in confession “not to sin again?” We procrastinate too much, thinking there is no rush. I read a funny story, but it’s a story with a profound message. It goes like this:
       Three apprentice devils prepared to go to earth to finish their apprenticeship. Before they left, they were talking to their master, Satan, about how they would tempt and ruin men. The first said, “I will tell them there is no God.” Satan laughed and said, “That will not delude many, for most know that there is a God.” The second said, “I will tell them there is no hell.” Satan shook his head and answered, “You will deceive no one that way; most know even now that there is a hell for unrepentant sinners.” The third said, “I will tell them there is no hurry.” Satan clapped his hands and shouted, “Go and you will ruin them by the thousand.”
          The most dangerous of all illusions is that there is a lot of time. Many live for today and think that if there is a tomorrow, let tomorrow care for itself.
            When it comes to the future of our souls, things cannot be put off, for nobody knows if there will still be a tomorrow. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: Do you tend to postpone important things for your spiritual life?
 
Lord, often I am too complacent when it comes to preparing for my eternal life. Wake me up, Lord, and make me always aware of the urgency to be prepared for Your Second Coming. Amen.

Stay awake! For you do not know when the Son of Man will come - Daily Bible Readings August 25, 2016


1ST READING
 
 
Paul loves the Corinthian community and spends a lot of time there. He also writes to them while he is on the road. He affirms that the community does not lack any graces to be disciples of Jesus. God has poured out His abundant blessings on them and will always provide what they need for community life. The question is whether or not the Corinthians will respond well to the graces God has given them.
 
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
1 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 to the Church of God that is in Corinth, to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, 6 as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R: I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
2 Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. (R) 4 Generation after generation praises your works and proclaims your might. 5 They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty and tell of your wondrous works. (R) 6 They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds and declare your greatness. 7 They publish the fame of your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your justice. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
 
We must stop what we are doing and obey God’s call. He does not wait for the convenient time before He calls us to serve. In fact, He often calls at the most inconvenient time. It is a privilege to be called to serve at any time and in any place. We should welcome God’s call and do everything we can to fulfill it.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Stay awake! For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
 
Matthew 24:42-51
42 Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. 43 Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. 44 So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. 45 Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. 47 Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, 50 the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour 51 and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
 
think: We should welcome God’s call and do everything we can to fulfill it.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR  Isaiah 37-40 
 

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