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Wednesday, October 23, 1996

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St. John of Capistrano

Ephesians 3:2-12
Isaiah 12
Luke 12:39-48

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our job and our joy

"Who in your opinion is that faithful, farsighted steward whom the master will set over his servants to dispense their ration of grain in season?" —Luke 12:42

When Jesus comes back today or later, what will you be doing? Will you be fighting with the other servants of Jesus (Lk 12:45) or dispensing the "ration of grain in season"? (Lk 12:42) Will you be feeding His sheep (Jn 21:17) with God's word? (Mt 4:4) Will you be sharing your faith in Jesus?

The Lord has given us so much. Many of us are privileged to receive daily in Holy Communion the Gift of gifts, Jesus Christ, God Himself. The Lord has made us new creations by His death and resurrection. The Holy Trinity even lives within us. "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man" (1 Cor 2:9) what God has already done for us.

"When much has been given a man, much will be required of him. More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted" (Lk 12:48). The Lord, out of love for a lost world, rightly expects us to share our faith at every opportunity (see 1 Pt 3:15). On Judgment Day, He will hold us accountable for doing this. When He returns, He will expect to see us dispensing the grain, feeding the sheep, sharing our faith.

Most of you have heard this message before. Today is not the first time you have read today's Gospel reading. However, you may not have obeyed it. Repent, ask for the Holy Spirit, and give people the opportunity to hear about, know, and love Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, I will not deceive myself by only hearing Your word and not doing it (Jas 1:22).

Promise:  "Through the Church, God's manifold wisdom is made known to the principalities and powers of heaven, in accord with His age-old purpose, carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord." —Eph 3:10-11

Praise:  John is said to have practiced penance by riding through the town wearing a paper hat upon which were written his main sins.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 2, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 1996