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Friday, August 28, 2015

Be vigilant at all times and pray, that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man - Daily Bible Readings August 28,2015


1ST READING
 
 
St. Augustine is a giant of a saint. His writings are still studied today, some 1,600 years later. He is the most quoted person in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. His theology is the basis on which Aquinas built ( albeit with a different structure), Aristotelian philosophy rather than that of Plato. He was also a pastoral man as a bishop – calling his priests to live with him, so that he could care for them and form them in the Gospel. There is something here for the Church to look at in our times – a more centralized way of living for the clergy, so they can better support one another.
 
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
1 Brothers and sisters, we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that, as you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God — and as you are conducting yourselves — you do so even more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain from immorality, 4 that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himself in holiness and honor, 5 not in lustful passion as do the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 not to take advantage of or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, for the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you before and solemnly affirmed. 7 For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. 8 Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 10, 11-12
R: Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
1 The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice; let the many isles be glad. 2 Justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne. (R) 5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The heavens proclaim his justice, and all peoples see his glory. (R) 10 The Lord loves those that hate evil; he guards the lives of his faithful ones; from the hand of the wicked he delivers them. (R) 11 Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart. 12 Be glad in the Lord, you just, and give thanks to his holy name. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
 
“Always be prepared,” is the Boy Scout motto I try to live by. But sadly I am more unprepared than prepared. Today’s Gospel reminds us to be prepared for when the Lord comes again, for our own death. After we die, we will no longer have the opportunity to repent and be converted. Let us be prepared for our death, by living a life of faith now.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Be vigilant at all times and pray, that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
 
Matthew 25:1-13
1 Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, 4 but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. 11 Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ 12 But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
 
 
think: Let us be prepared for our death, by living a life of faith.
 
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