Thursday, 21st Week in Ordinary Time

 

READY FOR THE COMING

 

*  “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”

*  If the day and hour of the coming of Christ are known only to God,

    then all of our life must be a constant preparation for that coming.

     If that is so, according to William Barclay, 

        there are certain basic sins.

1. To live without watchfulness invites disaster.

     Thieves do not send a message or notice

        saying when they are going to burgle a house.

        -  The main weapon in their wicked undertakings is surprise.

        -  Therefore, a homeowner who has valuables in the house

            must maintain a constant guard.

     But we must emphasize that the watchfulness of the Christian

        for the coming of Christ is not that of shivering apprehension.

        -  It is the watchfulness of eager expectation

            for the coming of glory and joy.

2. The spirit which leads to disaster is the spirit

    which says “there is plenty of time.”

     It is the comfortable delusion of the servant that he will have

        plenty of time to put things aright before his master returns.

     James Matthew Barrie, the creator of the play Peter Pan, once said:

        “The most dangerous day in a man’s life is when

            he discovers the word ‘tomorrow’.”

        -  For on that day he learns procrastination.

3. Rejection is based on failure in duty,

    and reward is based on fidelity.

     The servant who fulfills his duty faithfully

        is given a still greater place.

        +  And the servant who fails is severely dealt with.

     For us Christians, there is no

        there is not greater task than doing our duty

        faithfully and prudently until the Lord comes again.

*  The duty of the servant is described in the gospel parable

    as “distributing food” for his master’s household.

     It is our Christian responsibility to feed others –

        that is to nourish them in all kinds of ways –

        to provide food for the hungry, compassion for the afflicted,

        and sustenance from the words of Jesus

        to the famished in spirit.

     Let us do this duty faithfully and prudently.

*  Let us utter this simple prayer:

    “Lord, give us the wisdom to know what to do… the skill

        to know how to do it… and the virtue to do it.”

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