This week’s readings give us a sobering reminder to always be ready. “To have faith is to be ready” (Mark Hart).
In the Gospel (Luke 12:32-48), Jesus tells the parable of the lazy servants. The master of the house departed for a trip, the servants knew he would return and what tasks he expected them to carry out while he was away, but they grew lazy and did not do their master’s will, they were not ready when he returned. They were assigned a “place with the unfaithful.”
The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us about Abraham and the faith he had to follow God’s will, even when it was difficult. (cf Hebrews 11:1-2,8- 19).
At the end of history, we will be judged on our faith. Were we faithful in the big matters and the small matters? Did we seek God’s will and follow it, even when it was difficult? Are we ready when Jesus comes and prepared for Him, or have we been lazy in living the faith? To have faith is to be ready- to be prepared for Jesus.
St. Augustine puts it this way: “Take care of your body as if you were go- ing to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.”
This week on August 15th we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Mass will be available to fulfill your obligation on:
Wednesday August 14th: 6:00 pm at St. Paul’s.
Thursday August 15th: 8:30 am at St. Paul’s
6:00 pm at St. Paul’s
In the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in San Francisco, next to the magnificent bronze sculpture of the Assumption, there is a plaque which beautifully describes why we celebrate the Assumption of Mary.
"Since Mary has shared so intimately in the mission of her son, it is fitting that she should be the first to experience the fullness of his victory over death. Here [in the Assumption of Mary], we see the reward of disciple- ship, as angels carry her bodily into the glory of heaven.
We believe that by taking up our cross and following Jesus, we too will receive from him the crown of eternal life. Mary's Assumption offers a sign of hope to the pilgrim Church on earth as we await Christ's return in glory."
God bless you all, Father Robert Letona