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Our Gifts

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Luke 19:11-28
 
We are not unlike the servants in the parable: we have been entrusted with many gifts and we are awaiting the return of our King.  
 
We are not to be like the unproductive servant and entertain unworthy and erroneous thoughts about our heavenly Lord.  God is for us and is delighted with all our efforts to produce fruit for his kingdom.  A fruit that is especially pleasing to God is love: love for our God and love for our neighbour.
 
We must not hide the wonderful gifts that we have received, but use them.  Each of us has received special and unique gifts from God with which to serve him in his kingdom.  We have nothing to fear because not only are we richly blessed with every spiritual gift, we also have the power and grace to exercise them.
 
Today let us dedicate our lives to being good and faithful servants, eager and keen to be obedient to our Lord and King.
 
”Take, Lord, and receive all my freedom, my memory, my intelligence and my will — all that I have and possess.  You, Lord, have given those things to me  I now give them back to you, Lord  All belongs to you.  Dispose of these gifts according to your will  I ask only of your love and grace, for they are enough for me.” (St Ignatius of Loyola)
 
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The Invitation to God's Banquet

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Luke 14:15-24
 
God invites not only a privileged few or those whom the world considers important, but everyone.  We should not take this invitation for granted but try to understand what a wonderful call it is.
 
The imagery of a banquet shows how God wants to lavish good things on us.  As we come to see this, we can see how foolish it is for us to be immersed in other things and telling ourselves that we do not have time for God.
 
If we were invited to a party we would be very quick to accept, yet we are often unenthusiastic about the heavenly banquet that God is offering us.
 
Lord, we ask your forgiveness for the we that we make excuses for not giving you time and for putting other things first.  Help us to understand the urgency of your call and the greatness of the banquet that you long to give us.  Grant us the grace to respond to you and to love you, so that we may one day enter your heavenly kingdom.
 
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