1st Reading: Wis 18:6-9
The night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers,
that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith,
they might have courage.
Your people awaited the salvation of the just
and the destruction of their foes.
For when you punished our adversaries,
in this you glorified us whom you had summoned.
For in secret the holy children of the good were offering sacrifice
and putting into effect with one accord the divine institution.
2nd reading : Heb 11:1-2, 8-19
Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
that he was to receive as an inheritance;
he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,
dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and maker is God.
By faith he received power to generate,
even though he was past the normal age
—and Sarah herself was sterile—
for he thought that the one who had made the promise was
So it was that there came forth from one man,
himself as good as dead,
descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky
and as countless as the sands on the seashore.
All these died in faith.
They did not receive what had been promised
but saw it and greeted it from afar
and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth,
for those who speak thus show that they are seeking a homeland.
If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come,
they would have had opportunity to return.
But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one.
Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared a city for them.
By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac,
and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son,
of whom it was said,
“Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.”
He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead,
and he received Isaac back as a symbol.
GOSPEL : Lk 12:32-48
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 wear 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
whom 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.”
Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, the master will put the servant
in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant’s master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
Sunday of 19th Week in Ordinary Time
Dear People of God,
God’s word in today’s Gospel, God reminds everyone to remain vigilant and be faithful, steadfast to God.
God always loves his all children whom God prepares a reward of the Kingdom of Heaven. He said: “My little children, God is so pleased to give you His Kingdom.” Therefore, all the little flocks of God, rejoice and live according to God’s love command: Do not worry about earthly life, do not worry about accumulating worldly material possessions, but in your life, it’s essential for you to seek the Kingdom of God. Gather up treasures in heaven: charity, love, tolerance, forgiveness, sacrifice, and humility. Practicing these virtues is to get treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin cannot destroy and thieves cannot steal. These possessions will always please God, and this enable us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, the happinest place. At the same time, God also asks people to obey and follow His Love command: sell all you have to help others, and do charity, only when people know how to love and share with each other will those possessions be beneficial.
God also invites everyone to be vigilant and faithful to Him. Let’s be always ready for the day when God calls us to return to God the Father. Living in this world is a constant battle with Satan who will not easily let the children of God go. It will always stalk to tempt, persecute, and draw His children away from God. God knows that His Children are very weak, so He lovingly reminds us to be vigilant at all times, especially with the temptations of money, position and power in the world.
The Word of God today teaches people to live faithfully, to be steafast to God and to follow His Word. God will reward those who are faithful to Him to the end. However, He also reminds us that there will be a worthy punishment, for those who have been given many graces by God, but do not follow His teachings. The Word of God has spoken and He will carry it out, that is: Whoever knows the will of his master, whoever knows the will of God, but does not do it according to his will, will be beaten severely. But whoever knows the will of God little, but does not practice it, will be beaten lightly. To those who have been given from God, much will be demanded by Him. This is the Word of God that wants to remind us, so that we is aware of the graces that God gives. Do not despise or be indifferent to the graces and blessings that God gives to each person, in order to make a profit is to save souls for Him. Let’s be vigilant to God’s calls and His judgments on us. Don’t walk in the dark of sin anymore and return to God. Be faithful and steafast to Him until our last breath. Practice living according to God’s commandments: charity, selfless love; and adore and fear God above all things, and love our neighbor as ourselves. God will give a worthy reward of Kingdom happiness to those who faithfully and persistently practice according to His Word.
Thanks be to God. Amen.