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August 07 , 2022

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Gospel: Luke 12:32-48
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. Sell
what you have and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do not wear out, and an
inexhaustible treasure in the heavens, where no thief comes and no moth destroys.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Be ready, dressed for service, and keep your lamps lit, like people waiting for their master to return
from the wedding. As soon as he comes and knocks, they will open the door to him. Happy are those
servants whom the master finds wide-awake when he comes. Truly, I tell you, he will put on an apron,
and have them sit at table, and he will wait on them. Happy are those servants, if he finds them awake
when he comes at midnight or daybreak!

Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he
would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come
at an hour you do not expect.” Peter said, “Lord, did you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied, “Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward, whom the master sets over his
other servants, to give them wheat at the proper time. Fortunate is this servant if his master, on coming
home, finds him doing his work. Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property.

But it may be that the steward thinks, ‘My Lord delays in coming,’ and he begins to abuse the male
servants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master will come on a day
he does not expect, and at an hour he doesn’t know. He will cut him off, and send him to the same fate as
the unfaithful. The servant who knew his master’s will, but did not prepare and do what his master wanted,
will be soundly beaten; but the one who does

Read: The book of Wisdom speaks of the ancestors in faith trusting God’s promises. The letter to the Hebrews
defines faith and discusses the patriarchs as its exemplars. Jesus invites us to treasure what matters and
orient our lives towards it.

Reflect: What we treasure will orient our entire being and guide our lives. Think of a mother who is deep
asleep, totally oblivious to the noise of the traffic on the nearby road or the planes that fly above; yet the
slightest whimper of her new-born baby will wake her up. For, she treasures her baby. Or, think of a
businessman in bed.No noises around may disturb his sleep, but the ring of the telephone may wake
him up, for it could be a business call and that’s what he treasures. We have scores of stories of people
doing the seemingly impossible in sports, academics, and other various avenues of life. They do so
precisely because they treasure such achievements and thereby have oriented their entire being and
invested every resource towards realizing the same. What creates saints is their treasuring God
and His will.

Pray: Pray for the grace to give primacy to God in every moment.

Act: Reflect on this question today: What do I treasure most in my life?

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