October 22, 2008
Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
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 him 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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I know that your coming means newness of life. Teach me, Lord, to wait patiently and humbly for you. Show me where I should wait; help me to have faith and trust in your return.
Petition: Prepare me, Lord, with open mind and open heart for your coming. Help me to be faithful and prudent, awaiting the joy of your coming.
1. Take Comfort in Knowing He Will Return
The comfort of knowing that Christ will return is all we need. The Lord is our rock; he is our foundation. We know from Scripture that God always keeps his promises; therefore, we know that one day Christ will return. Are we ready? Have we prepared our hearts? Do we, on a daily basis, prepare ourselves as if this were the day we will encounter the risen Lord face-to-face?
Are we always faithful enough? We must be glad that Christ is faithful even when we are not. Faith, though a gift from God, requires patience. Patience is a virtue and, therefore, is a grace. By definition, faithfulness is a steadfast affection or allegiance, a firm adherence to promises. Does this not require a patient soul? Doesn’t waiting for promises require us to wait patiently? We trust patiently, therefore, with a strong assurance that the truth will prevail.
3. Grace Unveiled
Jesus calls each of us in a special way. Peter was called to carry on the Church that Christ started. He knew the truth; therefore, God demanded much of him. In reality, the things that God calls us to do are not much in the light of Christ. We consider them burdensome only when they get in the way of our own worldly aspirations and occupations. The grace we receive in seeking and finding is abundant. In the Acts of the Apostles, when the council brought the apostles in and scolded them for teaching in the name of Jesus, Peter replied, “We must obey God, rather than men” (cf. Acts 4:13-20). It is by obedience like this that we receive grace. Though much is demanded of those to whom much is given, much reward is granted to those who are obedient to Christ.
Conversation with Christ: Knowing that you have promised to return, I patiently await you, Lord. I know that your reward in heaven is much more than the rewards or trials of this earthly life. Help me to have the faith and the steadfastness it takes to wait for you, so that I may not be surprised by your arrival, but joyful.
Resolution: I will do a good deed to the person with whom I have the greatest difficulty.
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