Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5: 14 – 18

An old man told a story to his three sons, who were “enjoying” their youthful age, forgetting to plan and work for their future, thus: “A man was sleeping and dreamt. In the dream, he saw himself in a desert surrounded by lions. The hungry looking lions were coming closer to this man to devour him.” The storyteller paused and asked his three sons, “If you were this dreaming man what would you do?” After some minutes’ silence one of them said, “I would wake up from the dream; I would stop dreaming.”
One of the major determining factors of success for anybody is vision. Vision directs a man. It makes him aware of who he is, what he wants to achieve, and where he is heading to. Failure, frustration and dejection can never elude a person who has no plan for himself; who is still sleeping when others are working. Let’s consider these two extremes, therein. First, we have those who believe that God will do everything for them. They do not work. All they need do is pray for hours and believe that God will provide food, probably because, He said He provides all things. Another extreme features those who work very hard, but never involve God. They believe that God has nothing to do with their daily struggles. Well, neither of these two extremes is good. One has to work and then, involve God who will bless his or her efforts. That is the only condition for prosperity in consideration of the fact that God does not support laziness.
Time is most precious to us. It waits for no man, especially the visionless. In v.16 of our scriptural reference, Paul says, ‘Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days.” When you maximize your time in a visionary engagement, it reduces the tendency of your being deceived. Planned lives are always headed for success. They are determined for success, and thus, have no time for deceivers. Wisdom is their operating device. Thus, we are encouraged to live purposefully and not recklessly. Understand that life is important, and one “has to maximize the moment,” says T.D. Jakes. Plan your life well. Pursue whatever you have planned for yourself. Avoid procrastination or negative associations. Wishing and not working is mere dreaming. You need to wake up. Fr. Chibe Offor says, “to stop sleeping, one has to wake up’! Wake up! Face your responsibilities. And when you pursue all these, seek always the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

MASS: RED Tobit 1:3; 2:1-8; Ps 112:1b-2.3-4.5-6 (R.1b); Accl. Rev 1:5ac; Mk 12:1-12 ST. BONIFACE, B.M. (MEMORIAL)

Prayer Points:
1. Heavenly Father, let Your Holy Spirit lead me into discovering Your purpose for my life this year in the name of Jesus.
2. As I discover myself and Your purpose for my life, grant me the enabling grace and power to wake up, stand up and face my responsibilities in life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
3. Pray for all the youths, that the Holy Spirit may direct them on the best path to follow in life.

Exercise: Pray for God to guide you as you make a list of your plans.

Meditation: Eph. 5: 16