October 25, 2017
Wednesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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 (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)
The Gospel reading challenges me to examine how I make use of my time here in the seminary. If Mass begins at 6:15 a.m., I treat it as though it begins at 6:00 a.m. I wake up earlier, take a shower earlier, wear my soutane earlier, leave my room earlier. When I entered the seminary, Mass became so important as to merit a change in my schedule and morning rituals. Second, I read the Scripture readings ahead of time. All those names of long-forgotten cities and ancient people are not nearly as intimidating or difficult if in the Mass is not the first time I’ve heard them. I take time ahead to pray and think about the Mass readings and this changes my experience of the Eucharist and my appreciation of God’s Word. The reading is the Word of God, and not just words about God. I usually use the Ordo or Pandasal to know the readings for the following day. Moreover, I remain open to change. The paschal mystery is all about change. The Holy Spirit is a spirit of change. If I exit Mass unchallenged or as comfortable as when I entered, odds are that I missed something. No one comes to Christ and goes back the same way he came.
God’s redemption is here in our midst, but it is there for the taking. God is not about to force love and life on me. I need to be prepared. The Gospel reading invites us to take a look of how we use our time here on earth, one of the most valuable thing God has been giving us. Do I use it to give Him glory or do I use it only for my sake? The unfaithful servant said there is plenty of time. He did not doubt the Lord’s coming but only thought he would not come so soon.
God gives us time to prepare ourselves for the coming of His Son. To prepare means enabling ourselves to wait actively by doing the Holy will of God. Let us prepare ourselves for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.