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Daily Mass Reflections - 10/24

Updated on October 21, 2021

You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.” ~ Isaiah 12:2-3

Today’s Gospel (Luke 12:39-48) once again reminds us of the importance of being alert, poised, and prepared for the second coming of Jesus, viewed however through the prism of stewardship.

Stewardship requires, among many other things, stamina and razor sharp focus, the discipline to refrain from reverting back to our sinful ways despite the trials, tribulations and monotony of life. It requires sincere repentance whenever we fail in doing so. It is in the closing words of today’s passage where Jesus reveals a great lesson in justice, for it is here where Jesus tells us that “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

This passage affords those of us who have been blessed abundantly by God to reflect upon whether or not we have responded to the gift of his grace and generosity in a way that befits these many great gifts. We must always remember that we are to be held accountable for what we did with our time, talent and treasure. May the Holy Spirit help us to discern how we may best serve God, and in doing so, serve others.

In today’s 1st Reading (Ephesians 3:2-12), Paul brings a message of hope, a hope rooted in our opportunity to share in eternal life with Jesus, the “inscrutable riches of Christ.” Rich or poor, Gentile or Jew. Through the careful and prudent use of our stewardship, we too can be heralds of that very message to everyone we encounter in our lives.

“Almighty and everliving God, filled with desire, we respond to Your call for discipleship by shaping our lives in imitation of Christ. We profess that the call requires us
to be stewards of Your gifts. We pledge to our ongoing formation as stewards and our responsibility to call others to that same endeavor. It is our fervent hope and prayer
that You who have begun this good work in us
will bring it to fulfillment in Jesus Christ,
our Lord.” ~ Amen

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