Feast of St. John de Brebeuf

Readings: Eph. 2:1-10 | Ps. 100:1-5 | Lk. 12:13-21

Paul reminds us that we have been gifted and graced through the power, life, and suffering of Christ. All that we are comes to us through the generous gift of God, in and through Jesus. We have been called to live for others through the grace of Christ. Therefore we are not able to boast of anything. This is a call for us to remember that we cannot live for ourselves alone. Jesus tells us this through the story of the rich farmer who has stored up the grain so that he can live on easy street. Jesus’ words are a strong reminder to us that we are called to store up for our spiritual lives not our physical lives. “You fool, this very night, your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” We are called to store up graces and good works so that when our lives are demanded of us, we will not be caught wanting. We are called to live lives of love with God and for our neighbors. Those things which are excess for us are given so we can share with those who are less fortunate than we are.

Take time to size up your life. Have you stored up goods through deeds of love that will enable you to be prepared for eternal life? Have you shared your abundance with those who do not have? If you were called home to God today, would you be ready?

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