August 7 - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Being Faithful & Being Prepared

August 4th, 2016

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First Reading  Wisdom 18:6-9
The Hebrew people awaited the salvation of the just.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 33:1,12,18-22
Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

 

Second Reading  Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19
We will look for the city designed and built by God.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 12:32-48

 

 

Today the Gospel speaks to us -as the first theme- of the need to be prepared since our God is  a God who comes, a Godwho visits us. He can come to us in many ways. For example through theSacraments, through the Word of God, through the Priest, through the Communitygathered for worship, through the poor, the sick and the lowly, He could comeand speak to us through our live events and experiences etc etc. Are we readyto welcome him in all these modes of his coming? The second theme for todayspeaks to us the need to be faithful at all times. Thus Mother Theresa ofCalcutta would say : "God did not call us to be successful, but to befaithful." It is not what we do that matters at the end but how far wehave been faithful to Him and His Gospel. Let us ask God for the grace to beprepared all the time to welcome Him and that we be faithful we He callsus.