May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when 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, he will put him 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 maidservants, 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.” 

Are you prepared or do you think you still have time? What Jesus is saying is you may not have the time you think you do. Do not put it off, prepare yourself for your time may come sooner than you think. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always be prepared for your coming. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “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.” 

Are you prepared? Are you ready for the Lord’s return? We do not know when that will be, but He will come, and when He does, will you be ready? Will you know Him? Prepare yourself, confess your sins, receive His Sacraments, come home to His Church. He is waiting for you. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the graces that brought me home to you. May I always be worthy of you and show the world the treasures you have in store for those who come home. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

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Brothers and sisters: You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.

Do you still live in the world? Or, have you given your life to Christ? When you repent, He forgives unconditionally, you inherit His kingdom and you are brought back to life by His death. Come home to Him and you will be blessed abundantly. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of your Son. I am grateful for the forgiveness that I have received and the freedom that came with that. In Jesus’ holy name, I praise you Lord! 

The Lord made us, we belong to him.

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The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” 

You have to give to “Caesar” what is his – it is automatically deducted from your pay or rung up at a cash register. So what do you give to God? Do you give to Him what is His? Do you know what is His? He gave you everything you have. He gave you your talent, your looks, your personality – what do you give back to Him? Do you give Him your time, talent and treasure? Whatever He gives you – unlike “Caesar” – will come back to you a hundredfold. Just try it and see. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts that you have given to me. I try to use them for your glory and to give praise to you! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen! 

Give the Lord glory and honor.

 St. Luke

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The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’” 

Jesus has passed this power down to us, along with the command to bring His word to all the people. Do you believe that is your task? Do you believe you have the power to proclaim His word, to cure the sick and bring peace to others?? You should, because He has given it to you.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the powers that you have nur kingdom. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (3) 

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At that time: So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees. 

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” 

The truth will be known – it cannot be hidden. Today many try to hide the truth with lies and deceit. They try to cover up what cannot remain hidden. Believe in the truth, do not fear those who lie, but stand up to them and proclaim the word of God. The Lord knows who hides behind lies and who stands for the truth. Let the light of God into your life and stand for the truth. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to never hide behind the truth, to always stand for you and keeping the light of faith alive. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

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Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the holy ones who are in Ephesus and faithful in Christ Jesus: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. 

In Christ we have redemption by his Blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth. 

What a promise we have been given by Our Lord. Do you believe that you have been chosen before you existed? That Our Lord loves you so much He chose you to be blessed? You should, that is the promise He made to us. And He fulfilled that promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to cleanse us of our sins. He gave us His body and blood so that we could be redeemed every time we receive the Eucharist. Do you take advantage of the forgiveness and blessings He has bestowed on you? Have you gone to reconciliation and received His body and blood? You should, because that is what God gave us as His special gift. Do not say no to God. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. His body and blood sustain my life and reconciliation brings me back when I stray. Help me to never forget this again, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord has made known his salvation.

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