Thursday, August 27, 2020

Feast of a Celebrity - St Augustine.

 "Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." (Matthew 25: 13).

Friday 28th August 2020, 21st Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Augustine. (354 - 430).African. Bishop, Father and Doctor of the Church. Son of St Monica who procured his conversion through copious tears. Once God the Father willed that St Augustine "will serve us," St Augustine was baptized by St Ambrose of Milan, great Bishop and Doctor of the Church. St Augustine is a prolific writer and without doubt one of the greatest doctors of the Church. His greatest works are: THE CONFESSIONS and THE CITY OF GOD.

How do we tie our key Scripture of today to the life of this great man?
At the very end of the Parable of Ten Virgins, Jesus said: "Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." (Matthew 25: 13). In short, this may well be the summary of the teachings of Jesus. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" The 5 foolish virgins made sure their dresses, hair, finger nails, etc were perfect. But they neglected the most important thing. To anticipate the delay of the Bridegroom and prepare for the delay accordingly. The wise virgins did not neglect their appearances but asked the question: "What if there is a delay?" This question made the difference.

My friend, are you wise or foolish? How prepared are you for the inevitable? Let us be clear of one thing: There is a likelihood of delays in the promises of God. Check this out in the Scriptures. Early Christians complained to the Apostles that the Second Coming of Christ was delayed.

Test your Preparedness for delays:
How willing are you prepared to embrace God’s gracious and mysterious will for you in these areas:
#1 Health versus Sickness.
#2 Poverty versus Wealth.
#3 Children versus Childlessness.
#4 Job versus No Job.

"Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

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