Meant For Us?

Greetings on this the Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Rom 6:12-18; PS 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8; Lk 12:39-48
Notes: Peter asks an important question today.

Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?
Spoiler alert: Everyone. And for those given great authority and power – even more so!

First reading
Sin must not reign over your mortal bodies
so that you obey their desires.
And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin
as weapons for wickedness.

Let’s face it, we will always be tempted and sometimes fall.
But we must not be a slave to sin but give ourselves over to the good.

Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.

Responsorial Psalm
Our help is in the name of the Lord.

This help is from the enemy. The psalm is referring to the Exodus as well as then current dangers.
Today, we too have dangers and the Lord is attentive to all who ask for help (and those who do not).
But we are focused today on the danger that comes from within.

One time, a long time ago, I had a confession with an old priest.
I said, during the confession, “When will the temptation to lust ever stop!”
He said, “I have it on good authority, it will not stop until your last breathing.”

I laughed so hard!
People waiting in line must have wondered what the heck is going on!

Alleluia Verse
Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.

Gospel Portion
Do Good – according to your capacity and aptitude.
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.

For Peter and the disciples: Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.

Do Good.
Until your last breath.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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