Audio Readings October 20, 2015

Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21
Psalm 40:7-10, 17

Luke 12:35-38

Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest (Optional Memorial)

Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. (Luke 12:37)

“Lord Jesus, I know who you are speaking about. You are the master in this parable. And I am blessed to be one of your servants. I am in awe, Lord, that you, the King of kings, would wait on me!

“Jesus, you are more exalted than the master you spoke of in this parable. He was just a man, like me. You, however, sit on heaven’s highest throne. Saints and angels bow down before you in a continual expression of honor. You hold the very universe together with the power of your word. And still, you humbly stoop to serve and attend to me.

“Master, you promise that if I am vigilant, a day will come when you will serve me. But you’ve already served me more than I could dare to dream! You traded heaven’s glories for earthly humility. You submitted yourself to a body like mine that thirsts, grows weary, and suffers pain. You lowered yourself to the company of sinners and tax collectors, even to being crucified between thieves just so that you could bear my guilt and shame.

“Thanksgiving wells up within my heart as I reflect on all the ways that you’ve served me. Every day, you listen carefully as I tell you about my needs and desires, and you answer each prayer. You carry my burdens and invite me to recline at your table of grace. Thank you, Jesus!

“Lord, today I pray to be clothed with the garment of service that you wear so gracefully. Give me your heart of meekness and patience so that I can wear it gracefully, too—in my home, at work, and everywhere I go. Help me to quench any flickers of pride that arise as I go about serving your people today. Instead, light my heart with the flame of your love. May it burn brightly so that I can see your beautiful countenance in the faces of my neighbors. And may all who feel its warmth be drawn to you.”

“All glory and honor to you, Jesus, the servant King!”~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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