Getting My Act Together
Malvern Minute

 

October 25, 2017 – Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Stay awake! For you do not know when the Son of Man will come. Alleluia, alleluia!

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (12:39-48)

Jesus said to his disciples: 
“Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.

You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.

Truly, I say to you, he will put him
in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant’s master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;

and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly. 
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

 

Reflect: You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus is challenging us as his disciples to be alert and aware.  As in any life situation, we can be lulled into a false sense of security; we can fall into complacency regarding our relationship with the Lord, as well as our responsibility as disciples. Jesus is warning us about the temptation to drift. We might drift into the belief that life and our response to it is going “reasonably” well. We might even falsely conclude that as long as we are “reasonably” good people, we can follow our own heart’s desire and not give much attention to the heart of God and the needs of our neighbors – even though, in our heart of hearts, we know that God desires more from us.  Putting it bluntly, Jesus is warning us to get our act together.  We can fall into a prevailing tendency in the world around us that since we have only one life to live, we might as well enjoy it as much as we can – even if that means that we become so self-absorbed that we put God’s will and the needs of others at an arm’s length from our day to day life. We might even rationalize: “Someday, I’ll get to all of that; but, for now, it’s all about me.” Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, a 20th century wife, mother and practicing physician, had this to say:
“One cannot love without suffering or suffer without loving”. In other words, to love as God asks of us requires sacrifice and suffering; but the rewards of that love are beyond compare. If we give ourselves to that kind of love, God’s grace will abound and fill us with the fullness of life.

 

Questions: If today would be my last day on earth, would I be ready to meet God face to face? Am I intentional about loving as God asks of me? Does being a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ really matter to me? If it does, what do I need to do today to draw myself closer to the heart of the Lord?

 

Pray: Loving God, give the heart of a genuine disciple who wants to serve you and your people with all that I have. May the choices I make contribute to the building up of your Kingdom on earth and help me to draw closer to you for eternity.   I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

Behold, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, who hope in his merciful love, to rescue their souls from death, to keep them alive in famine.

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