It is 21st October 2015. The readings are from Rom. 6:12-18 and the Gospel from Lk. 12:39-48. The first reading invites us to take the side of God in fighting sin using our entire body as the weapon against evil. Paul instructs us strongly that we must not allow sin to make us slave. Most of us engage of our total self with all its richness and modernity, we commit sin. In sinning, we use our intelligence, will, mind, emotions, memory, eyes, speech, hands and feet. We end up offending the Creator God who offered these gifts to us. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we belong to God and so we must use all these gifts to bring us closer to God. We are the instruments in the hands of God. We need to accomplish the purpose of the instrument – to be available for the Creator and to accomplish the task expected of the tool. “You should make every part of your body into a weapon fighting on the side of God; and then sin will no longer dominate your life.” (Rom. 6:13,14). The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Our help is in the name of the Lord.” (Ps.123:8). The Gospel reminds us that higher the position so are the responsibilities. As much we are entrusted with, so much is expected of us. The position, power and authority is not to boss over but to fulfil the mandate entrusted to us. We are expected to be truthful and wise in order to do the will of the one who has given this opportunity to serve. The opportunity to serve is missed is the opportunity to meet God is lost. “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” (Lk.12:48). May God give you peace.

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