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Gospel Reading 

> Homily by Deacon Terry Ellerman

> August 11, 2013 - 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

> 10 AM Service



> Gospel Reading:   Luke 12:32 - 48



> Jesus said to his disciples:

> “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,

> for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

> Sell your belongings and give alms.

> Provide moneybags for yourselves that do not wear out,

> an inexhaustible treasure in heaven

> that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.

> For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.



> “Gird your loins and light your lamps

> and be like servants who await their master's return
> from a wedding,

> ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.

> 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.

> And should he come in the second or third watch

> and find them prepared in this way,

> blessed are those servants.

> Be sure of this:

> if the master of the house had known the hour

> when the thief was coming,

> he would not have let his house be broken into.

> You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not
> expect,

> the Son of Man will come.”



> Then Peter said,

> “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”

> And the Lord replied,

> “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward

> whom the master will put in charge of his servants

> to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?

> Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds
> doing so.

> Truly, I say to you, the master will put the servant

> in charge of all his property.

> But if that servant says to himself,

> 'My master is delayed in coming,'

> and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,

> to eat and drink and get drunk,

> then that servant's master will come

> on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour

> and will punish the servant severely

> and assign him a place with the unfaithful.

> That servant who knew his master's will

> but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his
> will

> shall be beaten severely;

> and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will

> but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating

> shall be beaten only lightly.

> Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,

> and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with
> more.”



> Homily



> On Monday if you watched TV or
> looked at the newspaper, you probably heard some headlines
> like this:   



> The riddle of the angel priest.   

> Mystery priest, or guardian angel, appears at car
> crash.   

> Angel priest, Missouri. 

> Mysterious man appears to pray over car. 

> Witness says miracle man saves car crash victim with
> prayer.

> Priest appears to help trapped teen at terrible car crash.



> Last Sunday morning a young lady by the name of Katie Lentz,
> age 19, was driving on the highway near Center,
> Missouri.   While she was driving, a car headed toward
> her and that car swerved into her lane and there was a
> head-on crash.   As you can imagine, a very bad
> crash.   She was in a Mercedes, and the car was very
> much condensed.   The rescuers worked 30 to 45 minutes,
> and could not get her out of the car.   



> She was trapped between the steering wheel and the
> seat.   Finally, I believe out of faith, she asked the
> workers and people around her, “Can someone pray out loud
> with me?”   And all of a sudden here by the car is a
> man who is in black and wearing a Roman collar, and he prays
> with her, anoints her, and tells her everything is going to
> be OK.



> She then tells the workers the equipment is going to
> work.   The emergency people from Hannibal arrive, they
> get her out of the vehicle, they put her in the helicopter,
> and bring her to Blessing Hospital.   They look back
> and there is no sign of the priest.



> I am not here this morning to talk about whether there was
> actually a priest or angel there at the site of the
> accident, the bottom line is - whenever we help one another
> we know there is a miracle.   That is part of who we
> should be.



> Our Gospel is very clear today that we are going to
> die.   We may die today, we may die tomorrow, or 50
> years from now. But we are going to die. Katie, when she got
> up Sunday morning, had no idea she was going to be in a car
> accident. She did not know if she was going to live or
> die.   But the treasure that she had of her faith
> wanted her to call on God, and that's what she did.



> In our Gospel today, Jesus gives us the parable of the
> master and the servant.

> The master in this parable is God and we are the
> servants.   And the parable is telling us that we need
> to be prepared.   The servant in the time of Christ was
> the person who was responsible for things when the master
> was there, and when he was not there, so it was a very
> important job.   So the question is: Were the servants
> ready when the master returned?   



> The question for us today is: If we die today are we ready,
> are we prepared?   



> So what does it mean to be prepared?   To be prepared
> means that we have faith and trust in God.   It means
> that we use the means and abilities and talent to help one
> another.   It means as we go through our daily life
> that we are open to use all the opportunities we have to
> help one another.   To be prepared means that we love
> our neighbor and we take care of each other.   To be
> prepared means that we love God, and we make God a part of
> who we are.   



> The unworthy servant is the one who compartmentalized and
> said, “This is what I do when the master isn't here,
> and this is what I do when he is here.”



> We as Catholics and as Christians believe that through our
> baptism we are to be Christ to one another all the
> time.    It doesn't make any difference if we
> are at home, or at church, at work, or at school - we are to
> be Christ to one another.



> The unworthy servant was also the one who said, “I am not
> going to die tomorrow, so I can do what I want today.”



> How many of us think we are going to die today?   How
> many of us think we are going to die tomorrow?   



> We don't know when we are going to die, but we know it
> is going to happen.   The point is:   Are we
> prepared, and are we ready?   We can't put off
> being prepared.



> When Father Mike was talking to the children, he talked
> about nature.

> Look around us.   Look at the sunset and the
> sunrise.   Do we see God? Look at the Rocky
> Mountains.   Look at all the things around us.  
> Look at a rainbow.   God is present around us in all
> things.   He created us out of love, he created
> creation out of love.



> For a minute I want to talk about a monarch butterfly. 
>  Monarch butterflies are beautiful, beautiful creatures
> created by God.   Did you know that they hibernate in
> Mexico, or in southern California?   And that in
> February and March they come out of hibernation.   And
> in March and April they lay eggs.   And four days later
> those eggs are hatched and you get a caterpillar.   And
> that caterpillar becomes full-grown in two weeks, and in two
> weeks it attaches itself and becomes a chrysalis. 



> And within that chrysalis a metamorphosis takes place - and
> ten days later, you have a monarch butterfly, a beautiful
> butterfly.



> But did you know that this butterfly only lives two to six
> weeks.   And in those two to six weeks, it lays eggs
> and the process continues again.   And it continues
> that way until the fourth generation, and in the fourth
> generation everything happens the same, except the butterfly
> lives six to eight months.   



> So when that butterfly comes to Quincy, Illinois, or
> wherever it is going, it isn't the original butterfly
> that is coming here.   It is a generation, or two, or
> three, away from that.   And interestingly enough, when
> that butterfly returns that 2,500 miles back to Mexico in
> October, it goes exactly to the tree the first generation
> butterfly went to.   My goodness!   How many of us
> could invent anything like that?



> I bring this up because our God is an awesome God.   He
> loves us.   He cares for us.   And we are his
> chosen people.   So if he does this for butterflies,
> what does he do for us?



> But we are a little different.   We have a
> choice.   We don't have to return to that same tree
> like the butterfly does.   We don't have to return
> to heaven if we don't want to.   It's a choice
> we can make.   If we are prepared, God is going to take
> care of us because he wants us with him.   He loves us,
> he cares for us, he wants us to choose him - but it is our
> choice.   



> If we are called to die today, are we prepared to run into
> the loving arms of God, and see an experience - such an
> awesome presence?



> *****



> Terry Ellerman is a retired
> educator and serves as a deacon at Blessed Sacrament
> Catholic Church in Quincy, Illinois.

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