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Sunday August 11th: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Francis Parish | September 16, 2019, 9:13 pm | Reflections

   Where is God in the list of priorities in your life?  Do you procrastinate God and your faith?  Do not be misled by the question as it does not imply that there is a list of boxes to check when it comes to living our faith.  It is just that, living our faith.  As simple as breathing in and out.  We must do so in order to give our body what it needs to live.  We don’t think about it, it simply happens naturally.  Now ask yourself, does this analogy apply to how we have God prioritized in our lives?
   Today’s readings speak about being prepared.  When it comes to how we prioritize God in our lives, it is not simply checking items off of a list.  It must become part of us.  The teachings of Jesus, the Gospels, must resonate in our daily lives to the extent that they are completely seamless between our secular and religious life.  Our choosing to put off until tomorrow, (or until I am 50, or maybe 60 because my grandparents lived into their 80’s), this fact is a constant denial of God in our lives.  It is without question, procrastinating God in our lives.  Most likely, if you are reading this bulletin, you are well versed enough to understand that God is asking us to grow in our relationship with Him.  Every choice we make that keeps us from this is another denial of Him.  What did we choose to do instead of praying this morning?  What did I choose this week over attending an extra Mass or going to visit Him in chapel?  What luxuries did I spend my money on instead of helping others through charity or through the services of my parish?  What am I choosing in my life in general that is keeping me from allowing Him to become part of my being?  Let us not take advantage or take for granted, God’s forgiveness.  Let us repent our sins and make the absolute decision of giving our lives wholly and completely to Him.
   “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” (LK 12:40)
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