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Sunday, October 9, 2011

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28th Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 25:6-10
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Psalm 23:1-6
Matthew 22:1-14

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the ultimate financial security

"My God in turn will supply your needs fully, in a way worthy of His magnificent riches in Christ Jesus." —Philippians 4:19

The Philippians had contributed financially to Paul's ministry on several occasions. Paul called their financial contributions a kindness (Phil 4:14), a share in his hardships (Phil 4:14), and an opportunity for the Lord to supply their needs "fully, in a way worthy of His magnificent riches" (Phil 4:19). Clearly, we can't outgive God. We get more out of giving than receiving (see Acts 20:35).

Many people have shares in companies on the stock market. They expect dividends from these shares. Those who financially contribute to God's work also have shares — not on the stock market, but in the hardships of the Church (Phil 4:14). Although we don't expect to receive dividends from our shares, we receive a fantastic return — the full supply of all our needs by God Himself.

The Lord's full provision of our needs includes "a feast of rich food and choice wines" (Is 25:6). The Lord "will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of His people He will remove from the whole earth" (Is 25:7-8). The Lord will save us and thereby fully provide our needs forever. He gave His life for us. If we in turn give our lives to Him, we accept His gift of eternal life, happiness, and provision for all our needs.

Prayer:  Father, may I trust You in the practical details of my life and let You father me.

Promise:  "Let us rejoice and be glad that He saved us!" —Is 25:9

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Who is our allotted portion and cup! (Ps 16:5) Because of Your death and Resurrection, we "fear no evil" (Ps 23:4). Alleluia!

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Bishop-Elect, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 26, 2011 (for 10-1-2011 through 11-29-2011) and May 26, 2011 (for 11-30-2011)

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