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Romans 4:20-25
Luke 1:69-75
Luke 12:13-21

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saving for a rainy day

"There was a rich man who had a good harvest. 'What shall I do?' he asked himself." —Luke 12:16-17

Most of us were taught to save for a rainy day. Of course that meant for our rainy day, not someone else's. Since millions in the world are having rainy days of deprivation, starvation, and death, there's no need to save for their rainy days. They desperately need the money now. Savings accounts, insurance policies, and investments throw off God's economic system. He's giving everyone their "daily bread," but some are hogging extra while others are deprived.

We're not owners but stewards. We have no right to hold back God's gifts. By doing this, we create other people's rainy days by our unauthorized planning for the future. That's why the Lord condemned as a fool the man who had "blessings in reserve for years to come" (Lk 12:19). We likewise are not only soon to die but are causing others' premature death through our disruption of God's economic system. God plans as a mother cooking the family meal, making enough for everybody. All the family has to do is share. If the first one to get the bowl takes too much, the last one goes without. Since we pray: "Give us today our daily bread," let's act accordingly (Mt 6:11).

Prayer:  Father, give me faith to participate in Your economic system and to get out of the world's system.

Promise:  Abraham "never questioned or doubted God's promise; rather, he was strengthened in faith and gave glory to God, fully persuaded that God could do whatever He had promised." —Rm 4:20-21

Praise:  Phil tithes, gives alms, and lives a simple lifestyle in which he trusts his Father to provide for his basic needs.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 2007

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