How to win the Jackpot

Readings for August 11, 2019

Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm 33
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Luke 12:32-48

I will admit that I have some fear when it comes to the future. My future. My wife’s future. My children’s futures. I tell myself that I have this fear because I lack vision. My eyesight is fine (well, okay, I need “cheaters”), but I don’t know what is coming down the road. For instance, I don’t know what will happen when my youngest daughter goes off to college. Will she survive the academic rigor? Will she make friends? Will they be good friends? Will she make the choices I raised her to make? Will she be happy? Will she be safe? I don’t know. And this frustrates me. But I suppose I can’t know everything that will happen in the future for the same reason I have never read the headline “Fortune Teller wins lottery jackpot!”

Except maybe I have. Solomon says that, in faith of the covenants, the fathers of the Israelite people knew of the Passover before it happened. And as a result of their foresight, their lives were spared. Jackpot! Then there was Abraham, who was ready to carry out God’s test and sacrifice his only son. He was able to do this because he had the foresight to know that God could even raise someone from the dead and He had only good in store for Abraham, his servant. “So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore.” Jackpot!

So what is my jackpot? Of course, it is what Abraham’s near sacrifice foreshadowed: the sacrifice of God’s only Son to die and rise again. Through Jesus, I can have the vision to see what God has in store for me. A “realization of what is hoped for,” God, my Father, is “pleased” to offer me His Kingdom. This is the treasure I must patiently seek. And patient is the correct command here, because I still do not know what will happen before I approach the gates of Heaven, only that it will certainly be difficult. Which is frightening. But like the Israelite people, and like Abraham, I must cast aside all of my fears and put my faith in what I know of God. God is love. And a loving Father has only good things prepared for us. The wait is difficult but the promise is great. And God will keep His promise to us.

Our soul waits for the LORD,
  who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
  who have put our hope in you.
-Psalm 33

3 thoughts on “How to win the Jackpot

  1. Tim my friend,
    Here is some advice from a very soon to be 75 year old great grandpa.

    You have raided your daughter in a God-Fearing, Loving environment, and that along with daily prayers (pray to her guardian angel every day), is all you can do at present.

    You increase your odds and dramatically reduce your risk and concerns by sending her to a REAL –Catholic University, such a Stubenville in Ohio, The Catholic University of Wyoming, or the One in Florida. They are the only ones that I recommend. Secular Universities are a far greater risk.

    It is normal for kids to make mistakes; but placing them in an environment of other kids raised similar to your proper preparation; who Do know right from wrong and have access to daily Mass and Holy Communion (even if they don’t always avail themselves of such a grace, is a very good thing.)

    This experience too is part of your families GOD-TEST. Faith as you know can and ought to be sought. “Seek and “you” shall find.” She knows this, because you have taught her well. Trust God and pray very much, “thy will be done.” Amen.

    With love and daily prayers for you and your family,

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    1. Haha…thanks for the advice Patrick, my friend. My fear has little to do with the school she will be attending. It is a public university with a very strong Newman Center led by Fr. Michael Schmitz (you can watch his podcasts on Ignatian Press). Whether “secular” or “Catholic,” we all must make our way in the world in which we have been placed by our Maker. All environments and all lessons can be used to strengthen our faith if we, appropriately, maintain our faith through grace and let God do the rest. Faith, as the readings show us this week, let’s us know how to win the jackpot, the real one which shows us the treasures of God!


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