Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 23, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint John of Capistrano (1386-1456)

Romans 6:12-18

Psalm 124

Luke 12:39-48

Today we learn that Jesus will come “like a thief in the night.”  We don’t know exactly how and we don’t know exactly when.  We are warned not to let our guard down.  We have to ready all the time.  We must be vigilant.  If the homeowner in the parable knew exactly when the thief was coming, he would make sure the door was locked.  He would be ready for the intruder to stop his actions.  He would be alert and aware.  A short parable indeed.  Yet Peter still had questions and needed Jesus to present His teaching a little deeper.

Peter wants to know if the message is meant just for the disciples, or if it is for everyone.  Jesus answers him with another parable.  He says that the steward who lets his guard down will not have his master’s favor upon his return.  The trusted servant who is given charge of the property needs to be especially vigilant.  If he takes advantage of his master’s delay and doesn’t perform his job, he will be punished upon the master’s return.  If this steward knew exactly when his master would return he would make sure everything was in order.  However, if he let things unattended and was surprised by his master’s return, his master would not be happy that his servant has failed him.  But what of all the other servants who worked for the steward?  Did they slack off as well?  Will they also be punished?    Certainly, but the one with  more authority, the one who was most trusted, the one the master depended on the most to see  that things were right, well, he will get the brunt of the master’s wrath.  With great power comes great responsibility.  The disciples and their successors were given trust, power and responsibility and they will be required to live up to that trust.  They especially need to be “ready” and to encourage others as well.

Friends, in a larger sense we are all disciples of Jesus.  We all know the rules.  The original disciples of the early church were totally in the dark and didn’t know what to expect. We do.  We know all the rules, don’t we?  We all need to be ready and stay ready, because we do not know the day or the hour of our Master’s return.  If we did know exactly when Jesus was coming for us, we would certainly be prepared.  Wouldn’t you?

Question of the Day: How will you prepare yourself for Jesus’ return?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as we await your return make us all holy people.  With faithful love, may we follow You in all Your Ways.

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