“YOU ALSO MUST BE PREPARED, FOR AT AN HOUR YOU DO NOT EXPECT, THE SON OF MAN WILL COME.” LK 12:39-48
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” LK 12:39-48
Jesus mentions something very interesting today about judgment day. ”That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely.” For those souls who are educated in the ways of God and know the Scriptures, but choose to live their life against it will be punished. “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.” If a person is not educated in God’s Will, then they will not receive as bad of a punishment.
Which one are you? Do you go to a Catholic school but just see your religion class as another subject? Is religion not for you because you think it makes you look weak? Christians are dying all over the world as martyrs for Christ. He died for all, they are dying for Him. I would say that is strong and tough. Is Mass on Sundays just going through the motions and another check off on the checklist, so you can get back to your life? I’ve certainly been there and God’s grace has transformed me. I have found what my heart truly desires, a relationship with God.
Our souls are searching for authentic meaningful relationships. Today, if you haven’t yet, start one with Jesus Christ by sitting in silence and talking to Him like you would text a friend. He died to have an encounter with you and be your best friend. St. Jerome says, “Ignorance of the Gospel is ignorance of Christ.” When is the last time you read the Bible and reflected on what God is trying to tell you? If our identity is wrapped up in the death and resurrection of Christ in our baptism, then we are called to be holy. This call requires much; it is our identity.
It is hard work to get to heaven. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” You have been called, today RESPOND by opening your mind and heart to God’s Will. You will never be disappointed. Effort through your will with God’s grace increases holiness. He wants you to participate in your salvation. Get to know Christ intimately and imitate Him.
Today’s challenge: Prepare your soul for heaven by getting to know Jesus personally. Allow yourself to be transformed, so that no matter the day or the hour the master returns you will be ready.
Be a servant, become a saint!