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October 20, 2021

Lk 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 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.

Giving back to God

Jesus calls us to remain vigilant, faithful and working, because we can’t know when he will come to claim us.

But what exactly does Jesus want us to do?  Jesus wants us to always acknowledge his mastery over our lives and to work for him - even when his presence and power are not obvious to us.

As for “to whom much has been given,” do those of us who live in the United States or in another “first-world country,” with a quality of life that poorer nations can only dream of, have a special responsibility to give back to God?

And considering how powerfully and passionately God loves each of us is, don’t we all have a responsibility to give everything back to our Loving Master?

Today, ask God to show you how you can serve God and others, even when you don’t feel particularly inspired.

—Joseph Sandman, Ph. D., former Vice President for Advancement at Xavier University and Loyola University Chicago, is co-authoring a book with Lee Yeazell, former Director of Campus Ministry at St. Xavier High School that will be published in 2022 entitled: Nothing Is More Practical Than Finding God: One Of These 10 Practices Can Make This Happen For YOU!

 

 

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
My memory, understanding and my entire will.
Give me only Your Love and Your Grace.
That is enough for me.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola


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October 20, 2021

Lk 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 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.

Giving back to God

Jesus calls us to remain vigilant, faithful and working, because we can’t know when he will come to claim us.

But what exactly does Jesus want us to do?  Jesus wants us to always acknowledge his mastery over our lives and to work for him - even when his presence and power are not obvious to us.

As for “to whom much has been given,” do those of us who live in the United States or in another “first-world country,” with a quality of life that poorer nations can only dream of, have a special responsibility to give back to God?

And considering how powerfully and passionately God loves each of us is, don’t we all have a responsibility to give everything back to our Loving Master?

Today, ask God to show you how you can serve God and others, even when you don’t feel particularly inspired.

—Joseph Sandman, Ph. D., former Vice President for Advancement at Xavier University and Loyola University Chicago, is co-authoring a book with Lee Yeazell, former Director of Campus Ministry at St. Xavier High School that will be published in 2022 entitled: Nothing Is More Practical Than Finding God: One Of These 10 Practices Can Make This Happen For YOU!

 

 

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
My memory, understanding and my entire will.
Give me only Your Love and Your Grace.
That is enough for me.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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