Thursday, August 25, 2016

1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 145:1-7, Matthew 24:45-51

Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come. Mt. 42, 44
1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 145:1-7, Matthew 24:45-51
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
My souls beloved, St. Paul says the most wonderful and encouraging things to the members of the Church today who have been made holy  in You and are called to be holy in imitation of our heavenly Father. To those who call upon Your Name my Lord is granted grace and peace from God who is our Father and for You our Savior.
St. Paul assures us that we have are enriched in every way with knowledge and wisdom through the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit in us. We do not lack in any spiritual gift for it is the good pleasure of Your Spirit to bless those who believe with every grace and blessing through Your merits won for us on the Cross. It is He who will keep us faithful and firm in our faith to the end. 
How comforting it is to know that God is always faithful and it is God whom You taught us to call Father has called us to fellowship with You, His Son, who is also my Lord and my Savior and the Bridegroom of my soul. 
Psalm 145:1-7
My soul's beloved, the psalmist reminds us that all who know You are called to witness to Your love, to Your great and awesome works, and to tell everyone that You are worthy of love, worship, and praise. All our experience of You demands that we do not keep the joy of knowing You to ourselves but we are called to share that knowledge so that everyone can experience the joy of knowing You, loving You, experiencing You, and living in joyful hope of eternal union with You in the Kingdom of God.  Unless we pass on our knowledge of You how can future generations know and praise You.  We live, move, and have our being in You and so do our children and so will their children and their children's children. The message has to be handed down from one generation to the next so the joy of living a life in Your Spirit may be theirs as well. For You are great my Lord and most worthy of praise for as long as life as we know it lasts on earth so we can take up our songs of praise in eternity. 
Matthew 24:45-51
My soul's beloved, today You exhort us to "stay awake." It is when we lose sight of what is at stake that we become lethargic, indifferent, lazy and it is then that we give in to temptation and slide into sin. The way to stay awake is to do the work that God has entrusted to us. We ought to be alert and work tirelessly with our eyes on the goal, the prize that awaits us. Life on earth is short, shorter for some than others but in the end we must all die. Though death is certain we do not know the day or the hour when it will come and this is why You say, "Be prepared" for You will come for us when we least expect it.
You invite us to be like the faithful and prudent servant who is loyal to his master. He is unconcerned whether the master is around to watch him or if he is away - he carries out his duties ensuring that all that is entrusted to him he carries out. To the one whom You find awake, faithful and at work You will reward but the lazy, unfaithful servant who forgot the Master would return and demand a reckoning will be punished and assigned a place with the hypocrites.  The one thing that You cannot stand is hypocrisy and You despise hypocrites may I never, never be found guilty of being one my Lord.

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