Luke 12: 32-48
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
I will do a good examination of conscience to see what more I can do to keep Christ and his interests at the top of my priorities and in the allocation of my time.
Luke 12: 32-48
Introductory Prayer: Father, I
believe in you with all my heart. I trust in your infinite goodness and mercy. Thank you for so
patiently guiding me along the pathway to everlasting life. I love you and offer all that I have and
all that I do to you, for your glory and the salvation of souls.
Jesus, keep me vigilant and committed in doing your most holy will.
1. Occupations and Preoccupations: We are often so
preoccupied and anxious about the things of this world that we forget about pursuing the treasure of
the next, "an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy." In working
so hard, we fall into another trap of pursuing every little entertainment and escapism to compensate
such dedication. All the while, we easily forget about our real purpose and the real relationship we
ought to be fostering each day with God our Father who loves us and "is pleased to give you the
kingdom." What are the best excuses I use that prevent me from having a deeper committed
relationship with God? Do I give as much dedication, money and time to loving God and serving my
neighbor as I do to pursuing entertainments?
Pleased to Give You the Kingdom: Am I convinced God is truly "pleased to give you the
kingdom," that he loves me and is interested in me? Why don't I always want what God wants for me?
What things and activities in my life are emptying me and distracting me from developing a better
relationship with Christ? In order to maintain a healthy spiritual life, we must often reassess our
attitudes and change our priorities so as to safeguard our hearts from being swindled and robbed of
our true treasure, which is God. Do my priorities and decisions reflect to those around me that
Christ is the true love of my heart, my true treasure?
3. The Devil's Strategy Revealed:
Once upon a time, Satan called an end-of-the-fiscal-year meeting to go over the year's results. He
was not pleased, and he demanded to know what new strategies he could employ to guarantee success in
moving men's hearts away from their Creator. Sending men distractions in prayer and contemplation
came just ahead of tempting men to greed and lust. Infiltrating and corrupting the music industry
increased the numbers. Developing the multibillion-dollar pornography industry brought in great
results. Yet, Satan was still not satisfied. Then one suggestion was brought to his attention: "We
must convince the men of earth that they have a lot of time!" We all tend to think we will continue
in this earthly life for many years to come. This may not be the case, for we know not the day or
the hour. We must awake from our slumber, for "blessed are those servants whom the master finds
vigilant on his arrival."
Conversation with Christ:
strengthen me in times of temptation and distraction,
so I may never sell
my inheritance for a bowl of
(see Genesis 25:34). Help me, Lord, to rededicate my life
to you in a more
committed way that builds your kingdom
in me and in those around me.
I will do a good examination of conscience to see
what more I can do to keep Christ and his interests at the top of my priorities and in the
allocation of my time.