November 19: Wednesday of Week 33 of Ordinary Time, Year A-II:
Revelation 4:1-11; Psalm 150:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Luke 19:11-28
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Thoughts to help us take responsibility as stewards of the kingship of Christ.
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God Invests Himself—In Us And Through Us
“I chose you to go and bear fruit” (John 15:16).
As “good stewards of the multi-faceted grace of God” (1Peter 4:10), we are charged to manage—for our good and the good of others—the knowledge of God that Jesus gives us.
God is very different from us. God would never say, like the king in Jesus’ parable, “Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me.” And God’s only “investment” is love. For God, to “love us” is to invest everything he is in what we can become.
God gives so that we can get—and give to others. The only “return on his investment” that he wants is our growth in divine life—in faith, hope and love—by which we are impelled to help others grow, together with us, into that “life to the full” that Jesus came to give (John 10:10).
Knowing this is makes the angels cry out, day and night, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty…”
Knowing this, we cry out, “Father, hallowed be thy name!” And because, like Paul, we think of ourselves as “stewards of God’s mysteries” (1Corinthians 4:1), we strive to make God known until the whole world cries it with us.
PRAY: “Father, hallowed be thy name! Make yourself known to me and through me in everything I do.”
PRACTICE: Manage God’s investment. Strive to grow.