Wednesday, October 23, 2019
WEDNESDAY, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
St. John of Capistrano, Priest
Rom 6: 12 – 18 / Lk 12: 39 – 48
Born in Italy St John of Capistrano (1386 – 1456) was a Franciscan preacher and missionary in eastern Europe who joined the crusades against the Turks.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Rom 6: 12 – 14
Do not allow sin any control over your mortal being; do not submit yourselves to its evil inclinations, and do not give your members over to sin, as instruments to do evil. On the contrary, offer yourselves as persons returned from death to life, and let the members of your body be as holy instruments at the service of God. Sin will not lord it over you again, for you are not under the law, but under grace..
GOSPEL READING: Lk 12: 39 – 48
Jesus said, "Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into.. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect."
Peter said, "Lord, did you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?" And the Lord replied, "Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward whom the master sets over his other servants to give them food rations at the proper time. Fortunate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him doing his work. Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property.
"But it may be that the steward thinks: 'My Lord delays in coming,' and he begins to abuse the men-servants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he doesn't know. He will discharge his servant and number him among the unreliable.
"The servant who knows his master's will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows; but the one who did what deserved a punishment without knowing it shall receive fewer blows.. Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more."
In the first reading Paul exhorts us to free ourselves from sin and live in God's grace.
In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us to be faithful stewards of God, making good use of the gifts and talents given to us. God, like the master in the parable, will demand an accounting from each one of us at the end of our lives: "Fortunate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him doing his work" and "the servant who knows his master's will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows"; "he will discharge his servant and number him among the unreliable."
We who have been blessed by God with so much must show the best use of these gifts for ourselves and our neighbor, "Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more."
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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