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 money bags 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 men servants and the maid servants, 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.”
CONOCE A NUESTRA FAMILIA EXTENDIDA:
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St. Mary MacKillop (Feast Day August 8)
January 15, 1842-August 8, 1909
Mary Helen was born in Melbourne, Australia, the oldest of eight children. Mary’s parents were immigrants to Australia who raised their children in the Catholic faith. Because the MacKillop family farm was struggling financially, Mary went to work as a clerk in Melbourne when she was 14 years old. Later, she took a job as a governess for her aunt and uncle in Penola, South Australia. Mary worked taking care of the children and teaching them, but she also invited the poor farm children in the area to come and be taught as well.
Two years later, Mary opened her own boarding school, which is now known as Bayview College. Then a local priest asked Mary and her sisters to open a Catholic school in Penola. She and her sisters opened the school inside a stable. In 1867, Mary founded the first native Australian religious order, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart. She took vows as Sister Mary of the Cross. The Josephites, or the “Brown Joeys” (because of their plain brown habits) grew in number, and by the end of 1869, more than 70 sisters were educating children in 21 different schools in Australia. The Josephites also worked with orphans, the poor, the incurably ill, and those in prison.
Sadly, Mother MacKillop was later wrongly accused of stealing money from her religious order and excommunicated in 1871. Years later, the truth came out and her excommunication was lifted, and Mother MacKillop continued to teach and serve the poor until her death in 1909.She was canonized on October 17, 2010.
TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR
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•In the first part of today’s Gospel, Jesus is teaching us that you can tell what a person really loves by what he/she treasures the most. Jesus wants us to treasure the kingdom of God more than anything else. Why?
•In the second part of today’s Gospel, Jesus wants us to be alert for his return.What can we do to be ready for Jesus?
•Jesus wants us to always behave as his faithful disciples. What can we do to be better disciples of Jesus?
•How does the story of St. Mary MacKillop inspire you?
Australian Family Games
Celebrate the day with some Australian Family Games in honor of St. Mary MacKillop.
Australians celebrate their national day –Australia Day –on January 26th, which is mid-summer in Australia. Much like our Fourth of July, Australians celebrate withbeach parties, parades, and family gatherings. On this mid-summer day, go to a local beach or your backyard and try the following games and family activities Aussie style:
•Toss the Thong (aka Flip Flop) –Have a contest to see who can toss their flip flop the farthest.
•Toss a frisbee or football.
•Nibble on a shortbread biscuit to make it resemble the shape of Australia. The closest one wins!
•Create an obstacle course and do an egg and spoon race.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus talks about a good and faithful steward. Spend time praying to be good stewards.
Loving God, you alone are the source of every good gift, of the vast array of our universe, and the mystery of each human life. We praise you and thank you for your tender, faithful love.
Everything we are and everything we have is your gift. After having created us, you have given us into the keeping of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Fill our minds with his truth and our hearts with his love, that in his spirit we may be bonded together as a family and in a community of faith a parish family, a caring people.
In the name and Spirit of Jesus, we commit ourselves to be good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us, to share our time, our talents, and our material gifts as an outward sign of the treasure we hold in Jesus. Amen.
(Adapted from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers.)