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Sunday Scripture Readings, Aug. 8, 2010

By Jean Denton
Catholic News Service

Aug. 8, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle C Readings:

1) Wisdom 18:6-9

Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22

2) Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19

Gospel: Luke 12:32-48

In this weekend's Gospel Jesus says, "Light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return." In other words, live every day for God's approval.

Our friend Dale was a model of such living.

When he retired from a long newspaper career, Dale and his wife Sherry immediately began travel plans, and friends all over the country invited them to visit.

Their friends loved Dale and Sherry greatly because we knew they loved us. They liked to go and do and socialize. Never seeking the spotlight, they hosted and "guested" equally well. They seemingly lived all 40-plus years of marriage with the vigor and excitement that most people put into the first two.

With vigor -- and a good bit of physical labor -- they built a home where their children and grandchildren regularly returned. They cared for Dale's elderly mother.

Dale was fully engaged in civic matters of the city where he worked his entire career. As a journalist, he held local leaders accountable and looked out for "the little guy." Committed to assuring a quality higher education for local young people, he was instrumental in the establishment of a branch of the state university in the community.

Dale and Sherry anticipated his retirement as the beginning of a new adventure. But he had been retired only a few months when he got his cancer diagnosis. For the next year, they kept hope and gamely fought his disease. But it moved too fast. This wasn't what they'd planned.

The day after Dale's passing, Sherry told me she was gratified by letters from friends expressing their affection for him. Then the newspaper sent her hundreds of e-mails it had received from readers recounting Dale's influence on the community and countless individuals.

"I'm so thankful for our friends and for always being close to our boys," she said, "but I had no idea how much people appreciated what Dale stood for and what he did with his life."

Dale's way was the way Jesus called us to live: in the present moment. He was vigilant, accepting with joy all that came his way and with faith living every day for the love of God and others. Would that we all might live so well.


How would you live your life differently if you knew Jesus were coming to judge you today? What keeps you from acting this way every day?


"Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival" (Luke 12:37).


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