11 August 2019. Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Roldan B. Baliano)
Death is one of the topics I don’t want to talk about. I usually avoid the thought of it because to me, it connotes something dreadful. When I was in college, I saw how one of my cousins died. He was hospitalized due to fever but due to some complications, the doctors were not able to save his life. I saw how he struggled. I saw how he fought for his life and how he gave up. It was a sudden death and it was very painful for me because he was close to me- my buddy.
Death can come anytime to anyone. It can happen unexpectedly whatever the age, gender, economic status or health condition. No one holds the key to life and death, only God. After what had happened to my cousin, I realized that it is important to be, in a sense, ready and prepared for what may come because as the saying goes: life is short. If only my cousin had a chance to repair broken relationships and reconcile with others before he died, he could have done it. But it was too late. That incident calls me to be ready for the hour of death may come like a thief in the night.
In our Gospel today, Jesus is inviting me to be attentive and ready for the coming of the Lord. His second coming is unknown and could be at any moment. Hence, in order to be prepared, I need to open my eyes, heart and mind to Jesus’ invitation to me to be an obedient and faithful servant.
The Gospel Today
Luke 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.”