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<< Friday, August 27, 2010 >> St. Monica
1 Corinthians 1:17-25
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Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11 Matthew 25:1-13
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"The foolish ones said to the sensible, 'Give us some of your oil. Our torches are going out.' " —Matthew 25:8

There's something inside that urges us to save, store, hoard, and stockpile. Many considered it a virtue to save money and stockpile bombs. We're constantly "saving for a rainy day" while millions starve because of drought and war. The Lord's words to the man who stored up his harvest were: "You fool! This very night your life shall be required of you. To whom will all this piled-up wealth of yours go?" (Lk 12:20) How can we save our money when others need immediate emergency aid? Don't we trust our Abba for our daily bread? (Mt 6:11)

However, the Lord does encourage us to store up treasure in heaven (Mt 6:20). We should have plenty of the oil of holiness so we're ready to meet Jesus the Bridegroom, even if He tarries till the midnight hour (Mt 25:6). In our earthen vessels, we are to store up the treasure of a deep, strongly committed life in the Spirit (2 Cor 4:7). We should have a whole wardrobe of righteousness and clothe ourselves "with heartfelt mercy, with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience" (Col 3:12).

Don't "save for a rainy day"; save for Judgment Day. Double your talents (Mt 25:20), bear the hundredfold harvest (Mk 4:20), and come before the Lord bearing the gifts of a life fruitful for His kingdom.

Prayer: Father, may I trust You enough to withdraw from the earthly bank and to deposit in the heavenly bank.
Promise: "The message of the cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation it is the power of God." —1 Cor 1:18
Praise: St. Monica modeled patience in her lifelong, trusting prayers for her husband and son.
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet Be Holy, For I Am Holy.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 8, 2010.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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