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Faith Daily | 19 October 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p593

Almighty God,

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 truth;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 12: 39-48


39 ‘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. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’


41 Peter said, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?’ 42And 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? 43Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 44Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 45But 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, 46the 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. 47That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was wanted, will receive a severe beating. 48But 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: Peter Galbraith


What a variety of themes are covered in this passage. It begins with advice based around what must surely have been regarded as common sense by all His hearers. If a house owner knows when an attack on his home is planned he will be able to take steps to prevent it.



It is embedded within advice that has far wider significance concerning preparedness for the coming of the Son of Man, and perhaps awareness of this prompted Peter’s question that followed immediately “Are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?”.


Peter was apparently seeking to clarify the kind of understanding that Jesus had sought to convey to the disciples as recorded in Matthew 13 v 11.”To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.”


Significantly, Jesus does not answer Peter’s question but goes on to give examples which contain timeless messages pertinent to both secular and spiritual contexts.


Someone who works only when aware of being under surveillance cannot be trusted to provide conscientious leadership and just treatment to fellow workers or pilgrims. And Jesus goes on, using a theme reminiscent of the parable of the talents to highlight the role of conscious choice.


On the one hand he is relentless towards those who are gifted to know what is required of them but deliberately disobey.

Interestingly he also admonishes those who erred by acting in ignorance of things they should have known. In our present-day world, it is sometimes more comfortable not to seek out information that might create ethical dilemmas for intended actions. As ever, Jesus’s words of 2000 years ago have an abiding relevance and truth.


FINAL PRAYER (David J Evans)


Be still for the presence of the Lord

The Holy one is here

Come bow before him now

In reverence and fear

In Him no sin is found

We stand on Holy ground

Be still for the presence of the Lord

The Holy one is here.

Amen.

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