21 Nov Engage (Lk 19:13) by Paul Westendorf
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return’.”~ Lk 19:13 (full readings)
Paul’s Reflections: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proceeds to tell a parable. It talks of the coins (time, talent, treasure) given to a master’s servants. They are to use these in his absence. To be more precise he tells them to “engage” with these. As Christians it is our responsibility to “engage” our fellow mankind and build a community of love, faith and respect for each other. We must speak out against injustice and “engage” and work for change. History shows that evil intentions can only succeed when those of good do not act. With abortion we are face to face with the greatest evil of our time. It is not enough to say, “I wouldn’t have an abortion but what others do is up to them.” (“Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it stored away in a handkerchief.” “Take the gold coin from him and give it to the servant who has ten.”) We must be active as the word of God is alive. We are called to promote a life of love and faith and to help and protect the innocent. (“‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’ He replied, ‘Well done, good servant!'”)
* Paul Westendorf, husband to Jacquie, is the co-leader of the LIFE Runners Chapter in Sioux Falls, SD.
Faith Challenge: Avoid the “comfort” of silence, engage and be our brother’s keeper.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Presentation of Mary.
Faith Quote: “Always remember, you are just one ‘hearing’ away from Faith, just one ‘knowing’ away from Peace, and just one ‘action’ away from total Victory.” ~ Rex Rouis
Through Christ our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will and His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (and families): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 and Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers and re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.