Wednesday, October 21, 2015 ~ Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Holy Gospel: 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.”
Meditation: Jesus calls us to be vigilant in watching for his return and to be ready to meet him when he calls us to himself. The Lord gives us his Holy Spirit so that we may have the wisdom, help, and strength we need to turn away from sin to embrace God’s way of love, justice, and holiness. The Lord’s warning of judgment causes dismay for those who are unprepared, but it brings joyful hope to those who eagerly wait for his return in glory. God’s judgment is good news for those who are ready to meet him. Their reward is God himself, the source of all truth, beauty, goodness, love and everlasting life.
Prayer: Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: Safe it to say that all of us want to get to heaven and spend eternity there with Christ. But the question becomes “What am I doing to get to heaven?” Do I live my life according to the way of God and his son, Jesus Christ? Or do I live my life according to the way of the world? Do I follow the divine laws of God? Or do I follow the all-too-human legal rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court, most of which are contrary to the laws of God? Do I actively engage in the Corporal Works of Mercy (six of which are outlined in Matthew 25:31-40)? Or do I live my life focused entirely on myself, not caring about the needs of others? There is only one Savior, and his name is Jesus Christ, the son of God. He has given us everything we need to get to share in his eternal life – his teachings (the “Good News”) and his sacraments, all of which nourish us in mind and in body. He also gave us his very life on the cross. What did any supreme court justice do to get you on the path to eternal life with Christ? Nothing. U.S. president, member of congress, library board member? Nothing. What about any advocacy group? Nothing as well, although adhering to the rhetoric and “cause” of some groups actually encourages people to stray from God. So we’re back to that original question: “What am I doing to get to heaven?” Turn away, folks, from the way of the world which will lead to eternity, but not with Christ. Turn instead to Christ, our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer – the Good Shepherd who died for our sake, and whose entire life was spent teaching us the way, and the truth, and the life we are invited to live on this earth so that we might live with him for all eternity.