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August 7, 2016: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Joni Luna of Corpus Christi, Texas, serves as the cross bearer during the Rite of Commitment and Renewal in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.Jesus said to His disciples: “ Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not run out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“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 who 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. 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.” (Luke 12:32-40)

Reflection:

“Do not be afraid” is Scripture’s most commonly repeated phrase. Jesus’ love and presence are unending and unfailing.

Action:

Jesus asks/teaches us to be prepared. We are to do His will and let go of whatever keeps us from Him. Let Jesus be your most important treasure.

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Marilyn Kirschten

Marilyn Kirschten is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence. Marilyn lives in a northern suburb of Chicago. She is a graduate of Marywood, Evanston and is involved in multiple ministries in her parish, Our Lady of Ransom in Niles, Ill.

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