Sunday, August 7, 2016

Reflection: Luke 12:32-48

The 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Luke 12:32-48

The Gospel for this Sunday opens with Jesus speaking to his disciples.  He says to them: “Do not be afraid any longer little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”  Jesus then instructs them:  “Sell your belongings and give alms.  Provide money bags that will 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.”

Jesus also says to His disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps.  Be like a servant who awaits the return of the master from a wedding celebration who is waiting at the door so the door may be opened the moment the master knocks.” Jesus then adds: “Blessed are the servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” Then Jesus shocks His listeners when He says:  “The master will have His servants sit down at the table and the master will wait on them.  If the master returns very early in the morning and finds the servants waiting for him, blessed are those faithful servants.”  Then Jesus adds: “Be prepared, for the Son of Man will come when you do not expect Him.”

Today Jesus tells us: “Gird your loins and light your lamps.  I will be coming to you today in various ways.  Be alert!  Be vigilant!  You may find me in the smallest things that happen to you.  Or you may experience a clear sense of my presence with you today.  Be awake and alert or you likely will not recognize my Presence.  I long to spend time with you today.  Open your eyes, your mind and your heart.  I will not fail you.”

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