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20th Sunday Ordinary Time

Proverbs 9:1-6
Ephesians 5:15-20
Psalm 34:2-3, 10-15
John 6:51-58

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"Keep careful watch over your conduct. Do not act like fools." —Ephesians 5:15

Pope John Paul II and prophets from other Christian denominations have proclaimed the prophetic word that we must take advantage of the opportunities we have now because these doors will soon be closed.

Jesus said: "The light is among you only a little longer. Walk while you still have it" (Jn 12:35). "We must do the deeds of Him Who sent Me while it is day. The night comes on when no one can work" (Jn 9:4).

Jeremiah prophesied: "Give ear, listen humbly, for the Lord speaks. Give glory to the Lord, your God, before it grows dark; before your feet stumble on darkening mountains; before the light you look for turns to darkness, changes into black clouds. If you do not listen to this in your pride, I will weep in secret many tears; My eyes will run with tears for the Lord's flock" (Jer 13:15-17).

"Make the most of the present opportunity, for these are evil days. Do not continue in ignorance, but try to discern the will of the Lord" (Eph 5:16-17). "You have no idea what kind of life will be yours tomorrow" (Jas 4:14). Therefore, witness and work for the Lord now.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I hasten Your second coming by leading others to You (2 Pt 3:12).

Promise:  "Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding." —Prv 9:6

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Who is the "Now Word" of God (see Ez 33:30).

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Interpreting the Present Time on audio AV 81-1 or video V-81.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 11, 2009

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