“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 the 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 the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Jesus outlines a story of chaos. It seems the guy in the middle – the one in charge while the master is away – sometimes makes bad decisions. That middle man is us – Christians who know God and are entrusted with carrying on the faith.
We don’t always get it right, but if we strive to know the “master’s will,” it will make things a lot better from the start. We won’t have the chaos if we are in alignment with what God desires for us. In many situations, we already know God’s will, but it’s too hard to “act in accord” with God’s will.
It’s hard because it means it’s not about us. It means setting aside our selfish wants in order to live in close relationship with God.
We can’t do that alone. Thankfully, we can rely on God’s never-ending grace to help us live faithfully.
—Rita Zyber is RCIA and Confirmation Coordinator at St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
You have entrusted us with so much – you’ve given us Jesus, the perfect example of how to do the Father’s will.
You’ve given us the perfect words to pray – your Kingdom come, your will be done.
Help us to know these words in a more personal way.
Help us to live in alignment with your hopes and dreams for us.