August 11, 2013

The Gospel Today

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lk. 12: 32-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
Sell your belongings and give alms.
Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out,
an inexhaustible treasure in heaven
that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
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, the master will put the servant
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 (Sem. Eldrick Peña):

“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be…”  I was particularly struck by this line in today’s Gospel.  What are the things I have that I consider my treasure? And how has this giving of value into something affected my personhood?

Before my entrance to the seminary, I can say that my career as an educator was the treasure that I value most.   As a respected educator in our place, I was able to experience success and all the other things attached to it – high salary, influence, prestige, and most importantly, the opportunity of having molded the youth into responsible and productive members of the society.  I was headed to the peak of my career when suddenly, God called me for the priesthood.  And since that day when I heard His voice call me, everything changed.   My heart became restless only to realize that my happiness is not in my career, but in loving, following and serving the Lord who had loved me first.

I found the pearl of the great prize in the seminary the value of which can never be surpassed by any material possession or gain.  My treasure is the Lord Jesus Christ, my master and model – way, truth and life.  God alone is enough.

You, what do you value most in your life?


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