Collect for the Week
your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen APBA p.593
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 12: 39-48
‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’Peter said, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?’ And the Lord said, ‘Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says to himself, “My master is delayed in coming”, and if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful. That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was wanted, will receive a severe beating. But one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
GOSPEL Reflection : Contributed by Maggie Woolley
Jesus is often warning us to be alert and no more so than in these verses. There is even a message of violence and punishment which sounds ghastly, almost exaggerated, but perhaps He is trying to really grab our attention; reminding us to be responsible, holding us to account and urging us to be more gentle and compassionate. Disturbing and surprising events like robbery can affect us deeply and I wonder if Jesus is trying to stress the importance of acting humanely, even in times of stress.
I can’t imagine that remaining alert means that we have to live in a state of nervous anxiety. How awful that would be. Perhaps it means staying tuned to God through our openness in prayer, fostering good relationships and helping to repair damaged ones.
The words ‘to whom much is given, much will be required’ means perhaps that we are to be held responsible for what we have in the way of talents, wealth, knowledge, time etc. and for those who are unable because of circumstances to share in these ways, through their invaluable prayers – and it’s a message to share these for the benefit of others, ultimately glorifying God.
Thank you for the stark reminder of your impending return
and as we await, may we be mindful
of the time we have left to help others and to glorify You.
In the name of Christ.