Sunday, August 7, 2016
My Lord says ... Luke 12:32-48
Jesus said to His disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms.
"Make money bags for yourselves that do not wear out,
an inexhaustible treasure in heaven
that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be."
“Be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them ….
"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 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, the master will put the servant in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, “My master is delayed in coming,” and begins to beat the other servants, 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…..
"Much will be required of the person
entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person
entrusted with more.”
TEMPORAL OR SPIRITUAL LIFE
We live not to choose which one is better – temporal or spiritual life – but to balance both areas in our life. We have been entrusted with God’s blessings and graces in our life. He made us the stewards of His household by trusting us that we will use them to benefit not only us personally, but most especially, other people. How we use these blessings and how we live our life is what matter to God. As a steward of God, He must have priority in our lives, for all the treasures come from Him. Regardless of how much we have in life, we must carry out faithfully what God expects us to do.
I have a close friend who has an uncle and he was considered the black sheep of the family, they said. He was a womanizer and has two families. He abandoned the first family and lives with the second family. When she was still young vacationing in her grandfather’s house, she witnessed how her uncle disrespected her grandfather and rebelled against him. He was considered an outcast from the family. Whatever the deep-seated animosity that developed between him and her grandfather, remorse is always at the end. After many years of absence, during the wake of her grandfather, she saw her uncle again, looking old and no longer physically fit to work and walk by himself, except with the help of a wooden crane because he had a stroke. He used to beat her elder brother when he was still small due to the accusation made by one of her aunts that her elder brother stole her jewelry. They met together during the wake of their grandfather, while she mingled with other relatives during the meeting. Afterwards, her elder brother just told his own family that their uncle apologized to him for the wrongdoings he did to him and the family. He said that their uncle cried when her elder brother handed him some money as financial support.
" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a