Luke 12: 39-48
Eph 3: 2-12/ Is 12: 2- 6
You also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Pray for the grace of vigilance
If salvation is what we desire.
In our quest for deliverance
Our full commitment is required.
Jesus said: “Know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect Him. Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” Jesus answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master finds doing so when he returns. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him severely. But the servant who does not know his master’s will, and does things deserving punishment will be punished lightly. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom much had been entrusted, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:39-48)
The message in today’s Gospel is about vigilance and preparedness. St. Paul echoed the same call in his letter to the Thessalonians, warning them that, “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly.” Most people do not want to think about dying, but it is as certain as the falling of leaves in autumn and the sprouting of buds in spring. Notice how people who are close to God are the ones who are not afraid to die. That is only because they have prepared themselves well for that eventuality
Death is the great equalizer. It comes to all whether rich or poor, young or old, sick or healthy, prepared or unprepared. But how fortunate are those who are vigilant, even though they do not know the day or the hour. Four people we know, who led diverse lives, died one after the other. Being prepared was what they had in common. The first was “Bon”, a lay Eucharistic minister, who succumbed to liver cancer. He was followed by Nelson, who, after battling with cancer of the colon for more than a year said he was already tired, but ready to meet his Maker, looked forward to his final journey. We were at his wake when we learned that “Sonny”, an active devotee of the Divine Mercy also took his final leave the night before, a victim of renal failure. Tonight we will be holding a prayer service for Glenn, the doctor son of a sister in our community, too young to go at 45 years old, but just as prepared as the others.
Let us not be discouraged by trials, troubles and fears, but just keep on believing and hoping in a God who brings everything to a good end. Life’s tribulations count for nothing if “we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with God.” (2 Pet.3:10-14)
Teach us, dear Lord, to be always watchful in everything that we think, say or do, as if today will be our last day on earth, so that we may never be afraid if ever it should be. Amen.