READINGS for 2009-08-27
WHAT ARE you IN CHARGE of?
“Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.” – Matthew 24:46
I remember the first time I entered the room for my preliminary interview. All the employees were head-bent, busy doing their work even when their manager was not around. I said to myself, “This is the kind of environment that I’d like to work in, the kind of people I’d like to work with.”
After two interviews, I was accepted as Methods Analyst at Benguet Corporation during the time of the late Jaime Ongpin and Delfin Lazaro. I can truly say that I enjoyed my work because of the high level of professionalism and integrity that prevailed in the organization.
The same can be said of our mission in life. Or the people God has put under our care. Are we faithful in carrying out what we’ve been tasked to do in this life, whether somebody’s looking or not, whether we are rewarded or not?
I guess in the end, what would matter to God is not how much we accomplished but how faithful we are in doing what we’re supposed to do in this life. Tess Atienza
What am I in charge of in this life? How would God evaluate what I’m doing?
My God, grant me the grace to be faithful in doing what You have tasked me to do in my life.
Learning how to love God and our neighbor is an essential aspect of growing in our living in the Kingdom of God. Loving one’s enemies is not an option for a disciple of Jesus — it is a must! It will not come easily to us, but it is possible if we allow the love of God to transform us more and more into His image. God wants us to love one another in the way He loves us. Therefore, we must first allow God to love us so that we will grow in our capacity to love others.
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
7 We have been reassured about you, brothers, in our every distress and affliction, through your faith. 8 For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord. 9 What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you, for all the joy we feel on your account before our God? 10 Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person and to remedy the deficiencies of your faith. 11 Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, 13 so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.
P S A L M
Psalm 90:3-4a. 12-13. 14 and 17
R: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
3 You turn man back to dust, saying, “Return, O children of men.” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday, now that it is past, or as a watch of the night. (R) 12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. 13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! (R) 14 Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days. 17 And may the gracious care of the Lord our God be ours; prosper the work of our hands for us! Prosper the work of our hands! (R)
G O S P E L
God will entrust us with greater gifts when we have demonstrated our faithfulness with lesser ones. God must have had immense faith in Monica when He entrusted Augustine to her as her son. The man who would arguably become the greatest theologian in the Church took a long time to find his way to baptism. Yet Monica never ceased praying for him. How much holier would we all be if we spend time each day interceding for fellow Christians?
42 Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. 43 Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. 44 So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. 45 “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. 47 Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, 50 the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour 51 and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
think: God will entrust us with greater gifts when we have demonstrated our faithfulness with lesser ones.
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T O D A Y ’ S BLESSING LIST
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Maccabees 7-8
A most eXemPlAry mother
All Catholic mothers should delight in the saint we are honoring today, St. Monica. She is, after all, their patroness.
“What on God’s earth is more glorious than this?” asked one, referring to a mother. But in the case of St. Monica, she attained saintly motherhood through the anguish and suffering of one whose prayers apparently were not heard — prayers for the repentance of her son Augustine. With extreme patience, Monica was able to obtain the conversion of her husband Patricius, a vicious and immoral pagan who was baptized one year before his death. But Augustine remained her biggest problem.
For many years, Monica stormed heaven with prayers, fasting and tears. Once, a wise bishop whom she invited to talk to her son, told her, “God’s time will come. It is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.” When she knew that Augustine had left secretly for Italy, she tracked him down as far as Milan and learned that he was eventually converted and baptized, much to her joy and consolation.
The first verse of our Gospel today echoes what that bishop saidto Monica. Jesus said, “You do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Mothers are most inclined to plan everything, to keep things under control, to work things out hands-on and to keep track of everything down to the last detail. But there will always be some uncertainty, with time as a major factor.
It is indeed only in God’s time that many of our deepest longings will be fulfilled. He is, after all, the One who calls the shots! If ever our prayers seem unanswered, we just have to trust the Lord that even the delay is for our own good, and He certainly has His reasons. In Monica’s last conversation with Augustine, she said to him, “As far as I am concerned, nothing in this life now gives me any pleasure. All I wished to live for was that I might see you a Catholic Christian and a child of heaven.” Indeed, the prayers of a loving mother were heard! Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
Do I patiently wait for God’s answers to my prayers? Or do I give up easily?
Lord, help me to trust that You have heard my prayers, even if sometimes they go unanswered.
St. Monica, pray for us.
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