Ready for His coming

By Fr. Dan De Los Angeles August 11,2019
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Ready for His coming

By Fr. Dan De Los Angeles August 11,2019
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Sunday, August 11, 2019 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Wis 18:6-9 Second Reading: Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2, 8-12 Gospel Reading: Lk. 12:32-48 or 12:35-40
Jesus said to his disciples: (…) “Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
“Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hourwhen the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, the master will put the servant in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maid servants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
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(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
As prayers intensified throughout the week a little girl was seen coming to church everyday with an umbrella. When asked why she was bringing an umbrella despite the drought, she said she knew rain was coming, and the date was not important to her. The moral is: A man of faith keeps preparing for Jesus despite the uncertainty of his time of arrival. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.

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