Always Prepared to Serve

Luke 12: 39-48
Rom 6:12-18 / Psa 124

…from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
(Luke 12:48)

What do we have to sacrifice
For all the favors we receive?
When trials come, don’t be surprised,
Trust in God’s mercy and believe.

(Jesus said), “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, 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 is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:39-48)

Reflection

What would you do if you knew (perhaps by some angelic revelation) that our Lord Jesus was coming down from heaven in a few days or so? Most likely, you would probably call out to all your relatives and friends and invite them to prayers and bible reading in your house; or you and your whole family would go to mass and confession, pray the rosary and/or the stations of the cross everyday; or you would probably even seek out the beggars in the streets and give them alms most generously!

Actually, in this age of the Holy Spirit we do not need any divine visitation or mystical event to undergo a spiritual transformation in our life. In fact, we should have realized by now that without so much fanfare, Jesus has already come back to our life in the form of the Holy Eucharist. All we have to do is receive Him as often as we can in the celebration of the Holy Mass. Receiving Him regularly is the best way to prepare ourselves for the purpose that God has intended for our life.

God is a God of abundance, and there are no limits to the blessings that He has poured into our lives. The problem is, we are so distracted by the pleasures and pressures of this world that we fail to appreciate His presence in the loving relationships of family and friends, the blessings of children and grandchildren, the simple pleasures of His creation, like the restful hours of dusk, and the invigorating sunrise on an early run. And of course our fitness and good health, and the wisdom of old age. For all these, we must always keep in mind the words of our Lord Jesus: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” It’s only fair that for all the protection and provisions that we have received from our Father, we must also give back (especially) to His little children –- not only material things, but more importantly, “every Word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mat. 4:4).

Dear God, we appreciate and thank You for all the good things You have provided in our life, and so we offer our life to You in the service of Your Church and the community where we belong. Grant that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit we may always willingly give our best, whether in works of charity or in proclaiming Your Good News to others. Amen.

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