Saturday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

August 31, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

First Thessalonians 4:9-11

Psalm 98:1,7-8-9

Matthew 25:14-30

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the “talents.”  The story refers to two important points.  The first, is a story about the fidelity we are called to have in this life to the service of the will of God.  Second, it’s a promise of Jesus’ fidelity back to us, both here on Earth and, ultimately, when we meet Him at the time of our death.

What a blessing it would be to hear Jesus say those words to us upon the completion of our lives here on earth.  “Well done, my good and faithful servantCome, share your master’s joy.”  Kind of gives you chills, doesn’t it.  These quotes begs the question, if you were to die today, what would our Lord say to  you?  If you are not immediately confident that in His mercy He would say to you those words he gave to His servant, then today is a good day to make some changes in your life.

A good spiritual practice is to live today in such a way that we are consciously preparing for that magnificent meeting with our Lord.  But our path to heaven can be a struggle living in a world full of temptations that center on earthly pleasures at the expense of building up heavenly treasure.  So then, why seek momentary and superficial satisfaction here and now and risk losing eternal joy?  Just do “the math.”

Question of the Day:  Am I willing to risk eternal joy for a few moments of pleasure?

Prayer:  Lord, help keep my eyes open to You and Your holy will.  Free me from selfish and momentary goals in life so that I can seek to serve You only in the way that produces joy to Your heart.  Help me to keep my eyes on Heaven and to daily prepare for that eternal meeting with You.  Jesus, I trust in You!



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