DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. Jn 15:16
Revelations 4:1-11, Psalm 150:1-6, Luke 19:11-28
My soul's beloved, John was privileged to have a vision of heaven and he tries to describe what he saw. It is hard for us to visualize through. What is important for us to remember is that heaven is a place and we are assured that there is a place for us. We are invited to live out our faith in You and through the teachings of the Gospel and the Church for there is only one Way to get there. You are the Gate that leads to heaven there is no other for the one who is baptized. We each have a glorious destiny to spend eternity before our Creator, our Savior and the Sanctifier. Our work in heaven and our delight will be in the privilege granted to us to gaze upon Your Face and that beatific vision will fill us with unbounded joy. We thank You for giving us a glimpse of our destiny when we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Eucharist. God comes to us. You enters our body, You reside in our heart and for just a while God whom the heavens cannot contain unites us to Himself in the same perfect union that we will enjoy eternally in heaven.
My soul's beloved, we are invited to spend our time here on earth praising You in just the same way that the angels and the saints praise You in heaven. In all our liturgies we sing hymns of thanksgiving, praise, adoration, and worship acknowledging the work of God in the heavens and on earth. We praise You for all that we have received here on earth. For the love of family and friends, for the beauty and fecundity of all that lives. We praise You for the sun, moon, and the stars. We praise You with songs and with music that has the power to lift up the soul to the highest heavens. We praise You without inhibition, forgetful of self, as we are carried up to the top to the mountain of the Lord on wings of prayer. Thank You my soul's beloved for giving us a glimpse of the eternal while we still work out our salvation in fear and trembling here on earth.
My soul's beloved, in this beautiful and thought provoking parable of the talents You desire us to know that there will be a day of reckoning. We will have to give a strict account of how we spent this wonderful gift of life granted to us in preparing for the world to come. All that You have lavished upon us is given to us as stewards and we are to use these gifts in the service of others. If we spend our gifts in making You known and loved we will be blessed abundantly. Every day we are invited to use our talents for the glory of God and to provide for the needs of those who have less than we do both spiritually and temporally. The more we give the more will God give back to us for we can never outdo You in love or in generosity. Let us be warned about what will happen to us if we hide our talent by being selfish and lazy. God has no use for those who spend their lives in self-indulgence and in idleness. We are called to labor in the vineyard, we are called so sow good seed, we are called to bring in the harvest which is plenty but in which few desire to labor in order to bring it in. We are called to spend our lives here on earth in being sensitive to the needs of those around us and to share what we have received in confidence knowing that the more we give the more we will receive. Let us give cheerfully and generously of ourselves as we wait for the glorious day of Your coming again to take us to be with You forever.