Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Oct. 21, 2015 Wednesday: 29th Week in Ordinary Time B

Oct. 21, 2015 Wednesday: 29th Week in Ordinary Time B

[And the Lord said] “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” LUKE 12:48B

We have been given so much. We have food, water, clothing, and shelter. We have access to good education, free libraries, and multiple resources to satisfy our curiosity about any subject. We have legal rights, freedom of speech, and the privilege of voting. We can practice our religion without fear of persecution. The point of having so much given to us is privileges, to make the world a loving, more peace-filled, more God-centered place.

The greatest gift we have been given is Jesus, embodiment of compassion and love, model of service to the poor, a perfect example of perfect surrender to the will of God. Because we have been given Jesus as our teacher and mentor, we are called to stretch ourselves a little more, to be the first to forgive, the first to resolve conflict, the first to overcome impatience, indifference, and the need to be in control. We are called to reach out a little further, to be quick to welcome a newcomer, to give a little more time to a charitable event, to participate more frequently in Scripture study, to make a bigger effort to support a local food pantry. With all that we have been given, the Lord asks us every day to intentionally choose the way of compassion, kindness, peace, and love.

Ponder: What gifts and talents have I yet to use?

Prayer: Lord, I am grateful you have blessed me with abundant gifts. Make me ready to use them in service to my sisters and brothers.

Rev. Warren J. Savage & Mary Ann McSweeny