Wednesday, October 22, 2014
29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Eph 3:2-12
Gospel: Luke 12:39-48
Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.”
Peter said, “Lord, did you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward whom the master sets over his other servants to give them food rations at the proper time. Fortunate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him doing his work. Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property.
“But it may be that the steward thinks: ‘My Lord delays in coming,’ and he begins to abuse the menservants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he doesn’t know. He will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful.
“The servant who knew his master’s will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows; but the one who did what deserved a punishment without knowing it shall receive fewer blows. Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Just how expensive is it to arm oneself against robbers? Here’s one then costing P15,000.00 when invented. A friend had developed an alarm system that enables a car to alert its owner of burglary though text messaging. The same invention allows the owner to shut down the car’s engine through text messaging by simply replying to the text message sent to him by the car’s built-in system. Unfortunately the system did not make it to the market because of the possibility that criminal elements might use the same to remotely detonate a car bomb. The product would have sold like hotcake even if the price is increased to cost one an arm and a leg.
People do not mind spending much on physical security. Sad to say, the same cannot be said about securing the soul. Yet this is the kind of security that we must attend to because death can imperil the soul anytime. In today’s Gospel Jesus said to his disciples, “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.”
The problem is that death is not like theft that a person can experience as many times as he is negligent. In theft previous experience pushes a victim into arming himself to avoid being victimized another time. Death on the other hand happens only once in a life time. Lacking the instructive advantage of personal experience a person leaves the security of the soul against death to chance. It really boils down to faith. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website:www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father make us understand the shortness of life and the urgency to secure ourselves spiritually though self denial. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: Today is the Feast of St. Salome, Mother of the
Apostles James and John. St. John mentioned her as one of the three
women standing at the foot of the Cross. St. Matthew described her as
“the mother of the sons of Zebedee.” St. Mark also mentioned her as
one of the three women who came to anoint the body of Jesus in the
tomb on Easter morning. This holy woman asked Jesus to give her sons
James and John a place of honor in his kingdom.