28 August 2015
1 Thes 4:1-8
The instructions of St Paul on how to live a life pleasing to the Lord in today’s first reading (1 Thes 4:1-8) were all disregarded by the saint we honor today.
He lived an immoral life. He stole. He gave in to his lustful passion. He embraced other faiths. These admissions have been properly been documented in his very own autobiography called appropriately thus, “The Confessions.”
But the Lord who fashioned our hearts knew the right moment on how to approach him. Just like what we heard in our Gospel (Mt 25:1-13), God knows the right time when to come.
Augustine was in search for the truth. This was accompanied by the Grace of God. In God’s time, this longing for the infinite knocked down Augustine to his right senses. Right there and then, he made a swooping turn around.
And the rest is history.
We are invited to do just that.