A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 12:39-48
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."
REFLECTION: "You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."
A young man was hired on site because of his skillful handling of the axe cutting of a tree. After four days he was let go. The reasoning given was that he got behind in felling the trees.
Startled, the young man asked why as he was a hard worker, arrived first and left last and even worked through coffee breaks. The foreman agreed to what was said, and then asked him, "Have you been sharpening your axe? The young man answered, "No sir, I have been working too hard to take time for that!"
Are we prepared for what follows after we allow God in our lives? Sometimes we get so energized with the emotion of praying and the "feel good experience" that we rely soley on that and forget that it is a daily preparation for the Lord."You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." For those who live in the status quo, it is time to be ready for when the Lord calls us. Our entire Christian life depends on being ready--repenting and confessing, receiving communion, celebrating mass, walking humbly, forgiving and trusting and performing works of mercy. And in trust and faith we should utilize all that Jesus has made available for us to not lose His Kingdom. The new life He has given us through the Holy Spirit will empower us for the day the Lord calls us.
May we guard our hearts and minds and follow the voice of the Lord since Satan, like a thief, will try to rob us of our faith, love, and God's will in our lives. He will make the world and the flesh so enticing so tempting that his false promises can rob us of the abundant life God has promised us.