We thank you God, for every gift!

In today’s reading (1 Corinthians 1:1-9), Paul gives thanks for God’s gift of the revelation of Jesus and the faith that will sustain us until the end. St. Paul was writing to the Corinthians. But God speaks powerfully to us even today in those same words.

The Lord reminds us again that we will have everything we need to be His disciples. Words will be put into our mouths to tell the wonders of our God and what He has done for us. His grace will always be sufficient in any cross that comes our way. He is faithful to His promises. Can we proclaim our faithfulness to Him.

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St. Matthew tells us we must be ready, for we do not know the day or the hour when the Lord will come. How does one prepare to meet God face to face?
The key to being a watchful steward is the ongoing relationship with the Master. When the Master is present, it’s obviously easier for a steward to be vigilant, with eyes focused on the Master, ready to act on His every wish. When it’s not obvious to us that our Master is present, we are tempted to be sinful, disobedient, self-centered stewards. To give in to this temptation puts us, Jesus’ stewards, in jeopardy of being punished severely. Jesus is always with us, yet we often are unaware of His presence. Thus, we must constantly cultivate a sense of the Master’s presence.

I believe He is calling us to live our lives to the fullest, on a minute-to-minute basis, utilizing the gifts He has given us in service to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. If we can do this, we need not fear the day or the hour when Christ will come to take us home. We can live in joyful anticipation of seeing Him who already laid down His life for us.


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