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Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Scripture Readings: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9; John 12:24-36

My dear encountered couples:

In the midst of the corona virus that has infected millions of American people, there’s a lot of advice circulating today about supplementing our financial futures instead of just counting on social security to take care of us. We are to invest in the stock market, real estate, old coins, gold – whatever. There is an abundance of advice about how to feather our nests for secure and dignified retirement years.

One thing we must realize about all this investment stuff: There are winners and losers. Where is all this extra money going to come from? From someone else’s pockets most likely. Maybe new money is sometimes somehow generated and nobody loses. But be very careful of investment advice. There is no sure thing, except when it comes to what heaven advises.

Jesus says, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world preserves it to life eternal. Anyone who serves me, the Father will honor.”

And St. Paul adds: “He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully. God will multiply the seed you sow and increase your generous yield.”

Let us not try only to provide for our old age in this world, let us provide for the new age into which we will enter when we leave this world. If you invest your time, your talents, your goods, and your love in all God’s children, a wonderful future in eternity will be assured you.

The more you invest of yourself in God and neighbor in this life, the greater the return on your investment in the next.

We pray, on this feast of St. Lawrence (a martyr of the early Church), for strength to die for our faith (in whatever way that looks for us), and be reborn and experience new life in Christ. St. Lawrence, pray for us!

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