25 Aug Mt 24:46 (the work of the Master) by Paul Borchard
“Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing [the work of the master].” ~ Mt. 24:46 (full readings)
Paul’s Reflections: When we live out the Christian life daily, we are not simply avoiding “wailing and grinding of teeth” but the gospel promises blessings to those who are found doing the master’s will. While living a life for Christ is not easy and takes our whole being, the Lord gives us the strength and grace to persevere in holiness. The Lord promises blessing to those who work in his vineyard. The Christian life will cost us everything we have, but the rewards will be even greater. Do not be afraid to daily live out the Christian life, to fight for life and to do the work of the Lord.
* Paul Borchard is a lifelong pro-life activist and a graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the coordinator of the young adult staff for Pro-Life Boot Camp.
Faith Challenge: If there is any area in your life that you have not fully surrendered to the Lord, ask Christ to give you the grace to let Him take control and transform your life.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Louis King of France is a patron of the Franciscan Third Order, and there was no separation between what he believed as a Catholic Christian and how he lived.
Faith Quote: “Let us show the whole world Christ crucified as our wisdom and our strength. Look to him; do not ignore him!” ~ Blessed John Paul II
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & 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 (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & 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 & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.