Saturday, August 27, 2016

1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Psalm 33: 12-13, 18-19 20-21, Matthew 25:14-30

I give you a new commandment, love one  another as I have loved you. Jn13:34
1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Psalm 33: 12-13, 18-19 20-21, Matthew 25:14-30
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
My soul's beloved, it would be wise for me to always remember that I am nothing. It is always the way of God to choose the very least. This is why You chose for the twelve those whom the world despised, whom the world had no use for, those the world believed could do nothing. It these that You called from the fringes and given them a place among princes. You filled them with wisdom the world has never heard, You revealed through them things that were hidden, You worked wonderful miracles through them giving them You own authority. This You and done in order to demonstrate to the world that You do not need the worldly wise, those with power and influence, those with wealth to carry out Your work in the world. You do this so no one can boast or claim credit that what they have done or achieved was done because they were best equipped to do so. Only God can take nothing and makes of it something wonderful for Himself. May our boast be in You alone O Lord.
 "It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,
who became for us wisdom from God,
as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,
so that, as it is written,
Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord."
Psalm 33: 12-13, 18-19 20-21
My soul's beloved, thank You for choosing me who without You would have been lost forever. Thank Your for stooping low over me and picking me up, washing me in the waters of Baptism and for redeeming me in Your death, for sanctifying me in the Holy Spirit and for the inheritance prepared for me.
Thank You for calling us from the darkness of the world and of sin into You own marvelous light.  Thank You for pouring Your life into us. Thank You for You never failing love and kindness every time we sin and fall. Thank You for not tiring of picking us up, of forgiving our sins and of restoring us once again into the family of God.
"Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice;
in his holy name we trust."
Matthew 25:14-30
My soul's beloved in the parable of the talents You reveal once more that we are called to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. To all have been given gifts whether many or few according to our ability and we are called to use them in the service of our brothers and sisters. There is no room for laziness, or lethargy in the Kingdom of God. The harvest is great and the laborers are few and time will eventually run out. For as long as it is today, we are called to use all the gifts that we are given, all the blessings we have received, to witness to the world the truth of our salvation.  We are called to be Your disciples in season and out of season striving tirelessly to draw more and more to the knowledge of Truth so they too may receive Your Life and enjoy eternal life with the Father, You and the Holy Spirit in heaven.
If we take God's gifts for granted, if we do nothing about the rich treasures bestowed on us we will face You as a severe Judge and we will have to give an account of all the wasted hours, the useless pastimes we have indulged in and all the gifts we have allowed to be buried because we were too busy being distracted by the world.
"For to everyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich;
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."


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