The Liturgy this week sings the praises of our fathers, recalling the defining moments in our “family history.” In the Epistle, we remember the calling of Abraham; in the First Reading we relive the night of the Exodus and the summons of the holy children of Israel.
Our fathers, we are told, trusted in the Word of God, put their faith in His oaths, convinced that what He promised, He would do.
None of them lived to see His promises made good. For it was not until Christ and His Church that Abraham’s descendants were made as countless as the stars and sands (see Galatians 3:16-17,29). It was not until His Last Supper and the Eucharist that “the sacrifice…the divine institution” of that first Passover was truly fulfilled.
“Stewardship” – that’s the word first comes to mind when pondering over today’s gospel’s reading. Essentially, the readings tell us to be ready when the Master comes. “Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on his apron, sit them down at table and wait on them”. Imagine sitting at the table with Jesus in heaven and the Lord, our God, waiting on us after the judgement day. What a heavenly banquet!
The Lord will come at an hour we do not expect—will knock on our door (see Revelation 3:20), and invite us to the wedding feast in the better homeland which we taste at every Eucharist
Are you watchful and ready for that day?
The parable in today’s reading is sometimes known as the “Wake Up parable” – it tells us that to be truly ready is not by building up our financial and material security which are temporal but by being good stewards of the things entrusted to our care and to build up our treasure in heaven where it will not wear out or be destroyed. We do not know when the Lord will come again and thus we must be watchful and be ready for the coming judgment. Watchfulness means living in a consistently moral and obedient way that we are always ready to give an account to God of how we have lived. These are the works our Lord expects of us in order to be ready when he comes again. We must be watchful.
Watchful for the needy, the sick, the orphans, the elderly and so on. We must be doing what God expects us to do when He comes again. If we are doing our jobs, our reward will be great. However if we relax, neglect our duties, and begin to act like the greedy rich man – eating, drinking and making merry – we will not have a place in the kingdom. In Ecclesiastes 8:15 – God disapproves of a rich man who has a shortsightedness of life and the man dies the same night.
In Matthew 6:19 to 21 – Jesus explained that the one who lays up treasure for himself is not rich in God’s eyes. To be a good steward is to do what Jesus calls us to do – taking care of others like feeding the hungry, concerned about the sick etc.
Have we pondered on our roles in the community and believe that it is Jesus calling us to do his bidding?
Our life should be one that is of preparedness and stewardship; a life lived in love and service for the Kingdom of God.
Lord, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, here and in eternity.
Be prepared, for the Son of Man will come when you least expect him to and to ready ourselves to meet our Lord and Saviour at any time and hear him say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”