MY daily reflection and prayer: Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. 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.”
What lesson can we draw from Jesus’ parable about a thief in the night and the parable about the master of the household who surprises his stewards with an unexpected visit? Both parables confront us with the possibility of losing everything we presently own and treasure and also losing our the future inheritance.
Thanks to the Father and the Son through the gift of the Holy Spirit who come to make their home with us. We realize that so many times we ignore their presence. We close our ears to their voice. We even reject them through our pride and unfaithfulness.
First of all; Jesus Christ wants to remind us that Satan comes like a thief in the night to rob us of our faith and to draw us away from God. He also works with the world that opposed to God and with our sinful inclinations to make us believe that we can find treasure and happiness apart from God and His will for our lives.
Secondly, Jesus Christ also warns us that the day of the Lord will come like a thief. We need to be spiritually alert and watchful at all times. He comes to us every day to draw us to Himself and to strengthen us in faith, hope, and love.
Third, in such situation, then, we must be the faithful and wise disciples. Jesus Christ the Lord will suddenly come to us unexpectedly. He will reward us for our faithfulness to accept Him with honor and blessing.
Clearly, in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we try to be the faithful and wise disciples of Him. We worship Jesus Christ the Lord who calls us to be faithful in watching for His return. There we are to be ready to meet and worship Him.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ; You have captured our hearts for You. Make us strong in faith, steadfast in hope, and generous in love that we may seek to please You in all things and bring You glory. Keep us ever watchful for the coming of Your kingdom, forever and ever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
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