August 27, 2015 THURSDAY
St. Monica, Widow
1 Thes 3:7 – 13 / Mt 24: 42 - 51
[Born in Tagaste in Africa, St. Monica (331 – 387) prayed for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430).]
Reading: 1 Thes 3:7 – 13
What a consolation for us, brothers and sisters, in the midst of our troubles and trials, this faith of yours! It is a breath of life for us when you stand firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for all the joy that we feel before God because of you? Day and night we beg of him to let us see you again, that we may complete the instruction of the believers.
May God our Father and Jesus our Lord prepare the way for us to visit you. May the Lord increase more and more your love for each other and for all people, as he increases our love for you. May he strengthen you internally to be holy and blameless before God, our Father, on the day that Jesus, our Lord, will come with all his saints.
Gospel: Mt 24:42 - 51
Jesus said, "Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Just think about this: if the owner of the house knew that the thief would come by night around a certain hour, he would stay awake to prevent his house to be broken into. So be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect.
"Imagine a capable servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give them food at the proper time. Fortunate indeed is that servant whom his master will find at work when he comes. Truly, I say to you, his lord will entrust that one with everything he has.
"Not so with the bad servant who thinks: My master is delayed. And he begins ill-treating his fellow servants while eating and drinking with drunkards. But his master will come on the day he does not know and at the hour he least expects. He will dismiss that servant and deal with him as with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth"
In our lives, we look up to and idolize many people. They may be our parents, teachers, great men, outstanding athletes, etc. In the first reading, we see how Christians look up to and strengthen one another when they live their faith. Seeing a fellow Christian live an exemplary life – a life of humility, simplicity and holiness despite many trials and sufferings – can truly inspire us.
We should have the habit of inspiring each other by persevering in our love and service for the Lord. Our common goal is heaven and Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and the Church is our Mother. We know that Jesus will come again anytime so we must encourage one another to live our faith with fervor and devotion.
St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, prayed for the conversion of her son and God granted her prayer. She was also a model of Christian virtue to others. In her advanced age, she told her son that nothing in this world matters anymore except for the time when she would be admitted into paradise. After such a conversation, five days later, she became seriously ill and died. Her holy wish was granted by the Lord.
St. Monica lived out the lesson our Lord gave us in the Gospel reading to be, like what is expected of a good servant, always ready for the coming of the master of the household: "Fortunate indeed is that servant whom his master will find at work when he comes. Truly, I say to you, his lord will entrust that one with everything he has."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
For the healing & recovery of Agnes Jaime Toleran
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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