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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
This parable contains a lesson in faithfulness and a warning against idleness. Why is faithfulness so important to God? For one, it's the foundation for any lasting and meaningful relationship. Faithfulness or loyalty allows us to persevere in living out an unswerving commitment. The Lord is committed to us in a bond of indestructible love and fidelity. That is what covenant means – keeping one's word, promise, and commitment no matter how tough or difficult it gets. Faithfulness is a key character trait of God and one that he expects of us. Luckily God gives the grace and strength to be faithful. He also rewards faithfulness. The joy and privilege of being a son or daughter of God carries with it an awesome responsibility. The Lord expects us to make good use of the gifts and graces he gives to us. The more he gives, the more he requires. The attraction while the Master is away is to put off for tomorrow what we know the Master expects us to do today. How can we grow in faithfulness? God's grace shows us the way. When we are faithful in the little tasks and promises we make, we learn to be faithful in the better and more important responsibilities and tasks entrusted to us. Are we ready to give God an account of your stewardship?
Word of the Day...
Psalm 119:14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for your written Word, your people's Scripture. May your truth come alive in our life just as it does in our heart and mind. In the name of your Son Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 11, 2013)
Day: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 117
Colour: Green
First Reading: Wis 18:6-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
Second Reading: Heb 11:1-2, 8-19
Gospel: Luke 12:32-48
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 12:32-48
32"Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.35"Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour." 41 Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?" 42 And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master's will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating. 48 But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more..


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